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REDUCED! Antique Wooden Masonic Membership Black Marble Voting Box - $125

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Antique Wooden Secret Black Ball Voting Box From Port Hudson Barn -- Used by Masonic Lodges

REDUCED Sales Price: $125 -- No PayPal payments or checks. Please don't ask. The Buyer will appear in person and pay in CASH ONLY.

Here is an old wooden (walnut) "black ball" secret voting box used by fraternal organizations such as the Masons to secure approval of membership in the organization. Each voting member was given a white and a black marble. When someone new was proposed for membership, this box was passed around and each voting member inserted a marble. When completed, the box was opened and--if all the marbles inside were white--the new member-nominee was admitted. If there was a black marble inside, the proposed member was deemed "black-balled" and membership was denied. The construction is "old school," with dove-tailed attachments and seams. It is very solid and shows that it was made many years ago, although I have no idea of its age. There is wear around the hole where marbles were placed, so it appears to have been used. It may have some type of Masonic connexity -- but this is really only a guess. I have cleaned out the contents, dusted it off inside and out but have not otherwise tried to clean it. The original voting marbles are no longer with the box.


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