American Masonic Black Ball Ballot Voting Box, with balls, late 19th CenturyAmerican Masonic Black Ball Ballot Voting Box, with balls, late 19th CenturyAmerican Masonic Black Ball Ballot Voting Box, with balls, late 19th CenturyAmerican Masonic Black Ball Ballot Voting Box, with balls, late 19th CenturyAmerican Masonic Black Ball Ballot Voting Box, with balls, late 19th CenturyAmerican Masonic Black Ball Ballot Voting Box, with balls, late 19th Century

Groups such as Masonic Lodges, fraternities and sororities used a special form of voting for suitable or acceptable new members. This involved the process of 'black- balling'. A secret ballot was undertaken with each participant using a white or black ball to register acceptance or rejection. This is a dark timber black ball voting or ballot box. It has two lids, one with “wings” for secrecy at the side. This compartment has a curved pocket on the inner division, between the “posting” and “posted” compartments so that a ball can be dropped from one side to the other as the vote is cast. There are six white and six black balls with some unevenness on the surface of some of the balls. Many boxes, such as this one, had a carrying handle to make it easy to pass around. Maximum length including handle 12.5 ins (32.2cm), width 6 ins (15.5cm), height 4 ins (10.5cm). Weight 878 grams. In very good condition, with some wear normal for age and use, but one of the “wings” has slight damage along the edge. This item can be seen in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 195.

Item ID: GEC-0086

American Masonic Black Ball Ballot Voting Box, with balls, late 19th Century

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