Brass Tobacco "Honesty Box," England, c. 1850, rectangular box with coin slot, twin compartments, button, and handle, on ball feet, (imperfections),ht. 7, wd. 4 3/8, lg. 9 1/8 in.
Note: Used primarily in pubs, patrons inserted a coin and pushed the button, which opened the compartment, and took a pipeful of tobacco. They were not supposed to take more, hence the term "honesty box."
The mechanism partly works on the honesty box. The lever that releases the opener to the tobacco well does not seem to work, but it can be opened by manually releasing it. There are a few dimpled dents on the sides and ends.
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