Thursday, July 13, 2017

Secret Society Ballot Box Plus Roses

DH did some essential repairs on this wooden box and I did any touch-ups plus waxed and polished. The roses are at the end of this post.

Vintage Secret Society Ballot Box

This wooden box with two drawers is most likely a ballot box, used in England and America, by private clubs and secret societies. I found several similar boxes when searching online.

This may have been where the term black ball originated. Each voter had clay marbles, white and black. When members were voting to add a new member, for example, if someone dropped a black clay marble into the voting box the vote did not pass (depending on the rules of the society) and everything was secret so no one knew WHO black balled. 

DH made a knob for the bottom drawer, re-glued the box, bottom had to be reattached, and I wiped it down with refinishing oil. 

Amazing how many discoveries from the past there are in the collecting world. This week I learned (after searching online) about secret society voting boxes where members used black and white clay balls to ensure secrecy in voting. New to me.

Front Yard Garden Flowers Update

The front flower boxes are doing well (this is a reality shot with the stuff on the deck exactly where it was at the time of the photo). I didn't add cosmos along with the sweet peas this year (hugs Gail).

The roses are such a treat and here is a collage of what is blooming. The yellow and bright pink/yellow are from my birthday roses and the pink with some lighter pink rose has been a perennial for about 20 years in my front garden.

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  1. Joy your roses are a feast for the eyes! Oh and I love the ballot box too! Mimi xxx

  2. Beautiful roses! It's been over 100 degrees here in N. Nevada recently so my roses aren't doing much right now.

  3. That ballot box is so cool! What a great find. Your flowers are beautiful. I've got something eating my lantana leaves and they look like heck so I pruned them back.

  4. Your roses are beautiful! Mine, which are Knock Out roses, are not looking so perky. Happy Pink Saturday.

  5. Joy, your roses are beautiful and that ballot box is wonderful! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm--pinned!

  6. I love that ballot box Joy, and your roses are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  7. How cute is this. Beautiful roses & very pretty box. Thanks for sharing with us :)


  8. Love inspirational blogs like you that share knowledge and give ideas too

  9. I have only found one of these in years of hunting vintage items. The transformation is lovely.

  10. Joy, A very interesting find with the ballot box and fun to learn a little history about it too. Your roses are beautiful too! Thanks so much for sharing with us this week at Brag About It!

  11. The roses are simply gorgeous. That was very interesting about the voting box.

  12. I love the ballet box and the history behind it. Your roses are stunning too. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best.

  13. Found you on Wednesday AIM Link Party. enjoy your post, love repurpose old antiques. Roses are beautiful.

  14. Your planter boxes are darling. Plus those roses are just so perfect.

  15. I love that ballot box! You did a super job on the finish! What will you do with it? BTW your garden is beautiful too! Found you on Share Your Style this week.


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