Wooden Ballot Box with Clay Marbles, 1883


The term “ballot” is derived from the Italian ballotta, meaning “little ball.” This ballot box was not used in a U.S. election. It was used by members of a Washington, D.C., social club.

Date Made: 19th Centuryca. 1833

General Subject Association: Political CampaignsUsed: Voting


See more items in: Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection, Government, Politics, and Reform, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith

Exhibition: American Democracy

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Association of the Oldest Inhabitants of the District of Columbia

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PL.277275.19Catalog Number: 277275.19Accession Number: 277275

Object Name: Ballot Box

Physical Description: clay (overall marbles material)wood (overall material)Measurements: overall: 5 in x 4 3/4 in x 9 in; 12.7 cm x 12.065 cm x 22.86 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-6334-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_529014

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