Alms Box (Collection Box)

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Rectangular box with built-in coin slot at center of the flat lid; scrolled hasp lock on front and two hinges at back. Lid is made of one piece with wire-rolled rim. Box is made of five pieces with soft-soldered, folded edges; top edge of front and sides are folded down with a wire bead below. Traces of flaking black paint on exterior. Tinned interior. No marks.
Box and padlock DL*245425.0078-.0079 were used together.
date made
1820 - 1860
place made
United States
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
paint (exterior material)
wire, iron (rims material)
overall: 2 3/4 in x 5 1/8 in x 3 5/8 in; 6.985 cm x 13.0175 cm x 9.2075 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
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Giving in America
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History