or handsel , the lucky money, or first money taken in the morning by a pedlar.—Cocker's Dictionary, 1724. “Legs of mutton (street term for sheep's trotters, or feet) two for a penny; who'll give me a hansel ? who'll give me a hansel ?” Hence, earnest money, first-fruits, &c. In Norfolk, hanselling  a thing is using it for the first time, as wearing a new coat, taking seisin of it, as it were. Danish, handsel Anglo-Saxonhandselen.