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Posted 6 years ago


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Once again I found this while cleaning out my sister's apartment. I haven't a clue what it is...... Says "Tent 12 D of V" on the lid.

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  1. VikingFan82 VikingFan82, 6 years ago
    My guess would be a very small apothecary kit, or maybe for spices/herbs.
  2. VikingFan82 VikingFan82, 6 years ago
    even cooler!
  3. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    I agree that it is a ballot box, but not necessarily Civil War. These were used by various organizations up to the beginning of the 20th century. They saw considerable use in Fraternal organizations.

    The painting IDs this as being post Civil War. The "D of V" is the Daughters of Veterans. It was an auxiliary organization of the Grand Army of the Republic and was started in late 1880s.

  4. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 6 years ago
    This was also only a 'Yes or No' ballot box (Note only one hole) there were indeed marbles but they were white and black, white to accept and black to deny, usually for new memeber requests......Masonic Lodges used these, I know.
  5. potrero potrero, 6 years ago
    These boxes are the origin of the term "blackballing" - because all it took was one black ball to bar the candidate from the organization, yet the person who vetoed them could remain anonymous.
  6. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Hence the term "black balled" or "black balling"
  7. jjmj1234 jjmj1234, 6 years ago
    thanks for all the great information. :)
  8. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    I double checked on the Daughters of Veterans. The organization was established in 1889. In 1925 the name was changed to the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

    Further confirming that this is Daughters of Veterans is the "Tent" term. That was their term for a specific lodge or camp. The GAR used the term "Post".

  9. jjmj1234 jjmj1234, 6 years ago
    Amazing!!! Thanks!

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