Coin-Operated Honor Box [Tobacco]

The Vending Machine by Rich's

Impossible to emulate

DESCRIPTION

[COIN-OP] Vending Machine

Coin-Operated Honor Box [Tobacco] © 17?? Rich's

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

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Coin-Operated Honor Box [Tobacco] the  Vending Machine
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The rectangular case with a fixed bail handle, the top with two locking and hinged ends enclosing compartments, one end with a coin slot and plunger, on ball feet, with the maker's mark RICH'S PATENT.

7in. (18cm.) high, 9½in. (24cm.) long, 4¾in. (12cm.) deep.

TRIVIA

Honor boxes were commonly found in inns and pubs. An English penny was inserted into the slot, depressing the plunger and then opening the opposing door to a tobacco compartment. The patron was then 'on his honor' to take only a pipeful of tobacco. The side with the slot collected the coins, with the keys cut to open one way to the coin compartment and the other to the tobacco compartment. These boxes were commonly engraved with the owner's or firm's name and dates.

SOURCES
Box's picture.

Page last modified on February 16, 2011