19th Century Italian Voting Box Tuscan Confraternity Carved Ballot Barrel
19th century Italian Confraternity Voting Urn of Tuscan origin realized with turned and carved poplar wood. The barrel-shaped central body, in which hands were inserted to insert the ballot ball into one of the two holes connected to the small drawer below, where on the front we find the inscription YES and NO related to voting, SI and NO, in order to distinguish for and against votes on paper, then collected in two separate small drawers, just below. Standing on four curly feet, it has a beautiful curved handle and carved parts at both ends, highlighted by ebonized details.
In a fraternity, this ballot box was used to collegially adjudicate community choices. In good age related condition, with sogns of wear and use. This antique Italian ballot wooden box, carved and painted, coming from Tuscany, in Central Italy. This ballot urn is an excellent example of a 19th century wooden voting box.
In Tuscany starting from the Middle Ages priors of the various city corporations used to meet, discuss and decide on the problems of political and economic matters. When no agreement was reached, a vote was held using this unique antique urn.
A prime example of how votings were handled in earlier times, it is truly a gem, a unique work to display in your cabinet of curiosities or in your board of directors room.
Know of a politician who might appreciate a superb gift from political history.
Height: 35 cm
Width: 26 cm
Depth: 29,5 cm
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