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Domestic Letterbox

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T3389
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1872 - 1872

Maker Information

Designer:John Baston - View biography for John Baston


Victorians ladies and gentlemen wrote a great many letters. If they lived a long way from the nearest village, this post box would have been very useful.John Batson designed this model of the street pillar box in 1872. It was originally made to stand in the entrance hall of a large country house where a servant would empty it each day and take the contents to the nearest post office. It is made of masur birch wood.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Joined, turned, veneered and carved.
Place of Origin:England


Height:44 cm
Diameter:2.3 cm