Cash Box

Square, lidded box with gilt brass key lock on front; painted black with red and yellow pencilling or striping on the top and sides. Interior is divided into six compartments, four equal-size across front and one small at back have curved bottoms while the large one at back left is flat. Flat lid has two hinges on back and is made of one piece with rims folded down to fit over the box sides; box is made of one piece with a folded rim. Small, steel key with trefoil bow is stored inside; one side is stamped incuse "N. L. CO. / ROCKFORD" inside an oval in the bow and "Cl2K5" on the shank.
Key maker is National Lock Co. of Rockford, IL; established in 1903.
Currently not on view
Object Name
box, cash
date made
early 20th century
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
paint (overall material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
brass (hardware material)
gold (escutcheon decoration material)
brass (key; parts of lock material)
steel (key; parts of lock material)
overall: 2 1/8 in x 9 1/2 in x 7 1/8 in; 5.3975 cm x 24.13 cm x 18.0975 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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