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Object ID # 1992.073.002
Object Name Box, Ballot
Title Bean Ballot Voting Box
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Date pre-1904
Artist Unidentified Maker
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Collingwood Township (formerly) Town of Blue Mountains, Grey County
Description Wooden voting box from the Dominion Grange No. 23
A. Box: Horizontally octagonal in shape, with slats of wood. Wooden, possibly pine interior with cherrywood exterior, with a piece of walnut wood in the drawer. The trim might be walnut. Square-headed nails used [hidden underneath applied wooden moulding], also has glued construction, some tacks. A non-magnetic metal cup-like item (once had a black finish) was found with the box. It is shaped like a "baseball cap" and has two slots. 7.8 cm long x 6.5 cm wide. A loose eyed screw with a metal ring was also found with the box. The top of the ballot box has an octagonal-shaped hole. The interior of the box is sectioned in two, horizontally.
B. Bottom Drawer: Dovetail joinery. Only the front part is darkly stained. Angled, three-slat construction. Approx. 20 cm long. White porcelain pull knob.

C. Top Drawer
-similar to "B"
Provenance Used in the 19th-century by the No. 23 Grange organization in Collingwood Township, Grey County.

Last owned by Mrs. Cooper, the wife of Walter J. Cooper, who died in 1986. He was a great-grandson of Andrew Shore, J.P., of Collingwood Township. Mr. Shore was one of the founders of the No. 23 Grange organization in Collingwood Township. He died in 1904.
Collection Organizational/Government Collection
Material Wood / Porcelain / Metal / Finish / Dried Beans / Glue
Dimensions H-7 W-7.5 L-22.5 cm
Found Collingwood, Simcoe County
People Shore, Andrew
Function This is a container used to help determine a vote--black and white beans were used in conjunction with it. White beans dropped into it symbolized "Yes", while black beans symbolized "No".