N047377 HJ/WHW/NSDAP DONATION CAN. (Schenkungbüchse)

BACKGROUND: The WHW, "Winterhilfswerk" (Winter-help-work), was an annual charitable donation event held by the "NS -Volkswohlfahrt" (National Socialist - Peoples’-welfare-organization), in which personnel from all of the NSDAP organizations would solicit donations from the public, and reward contributors with a wide variety of lapel badges or propaganda booklets.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A red-painted, sheet metal can, roughly 17cm in overall height, and 10.5cm in diameter. A hinged lid is to its top, which is stepped as it ascends, with an angled coin slot that is marked with the serial number "1874" with the number "14" below. To the lid, immediately above its hinge, is a small, circular perforation, with "Papier" (Paper) embossed to one side of it and "Geld" (Money) to the other. A handle is welded to the reverse, beneath the lid’s hinge. The front is also embossed with "Gau Westfalen-Sud" just above the rolled edge. To its bottom is the embossed maker’s name, "M. Westermann & Co," with "G.m.b.H." underneath it, for "Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung" (Company with limited Liability), both arching above "Wesco" within a diamond, and with "Neheim -Ruhr" arching beneath that. To the interior of the lid, beneath the coin slot, is a metal arrangement with four triple-fingered hinges to it.

GRADE ****3/4                             PRICE $259.00 (Or Best Offer)

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