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Collection box:...Victims of War, Debt to France

Object Number: 
INV.11739
Date: 
ca. 1914-1918
Medium: 
Metal, plastic
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 1/2 in. ( 6.4 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: beneath coin slot: "PAT.APR.----" printed: on edge of box: "EHRMAN MFG CO., MALDEN, MASS." printed: on reverse: "THE FRENCH HERDES LAFAYETTE MEMORIAL FUND, Inc./360 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK.....29908"
Description: 
Circular coin box with photograph of the birthplace of Marquis de Lafayette on obverse beneath the words "WILL YOU HELP TO REPAY OUR DEBT TO FRANCE?"
Gallery Label: 
According to the donor, this box was used to collect donations to be used for the restoration of Lafayette's birthplace as a "memorial to Franco-American Friendship and a home for victims of war."
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group