"Turning his little savingsbox about in his hand," Mr. Deasy tells Stephen, "These are handy things to have. . . . You just buy one of these machines. You'll find them very handy." Trolley conductors of the time made change with barrel-and-lever devices (still sold today) that could be clipped to their belts. They may be what Joyce has in mind, though they can hardly be called boxes.

JH 2011