"I have never seen any pictures showing what goes in the drawers or the additional sunken area next to the lined one, but someone must know. I tried to take photos of some drawer pulls in my collection, but they came out dark so I will try it again…"
Thanks again for the info on this piece.. Do you know what the open area above the drawer was used for and what the purpose of the drawer was?? I will search ebay for a drawer pull, any certain kind?? Thanks again, Kevin."
"Thanks, Don! You are absolutely right! There is a burn mark on the top edge, I read that they were used as a heat source because they do not have Central Heating in Japan. They say it is common to be missing some of the hardware so I will find a…"
"This is a Japanese Hibachi. If the hardware was still there, you would have immediately recognized it as an Oriental piece of furniture. The wood is oriental persimmon wood. The copper lined portion was filled with sand, and that is where hot coals…"
"I guess it could have started out as a voting/ballot box and then someone lined it with galvinized tin and used it as a milk/porch box... If I could just get this thing to talk we would have all the answers..................."
"I no not have the answers to your questions. From the picture and the description, it looks like a voting box. The ones I have seen in the past were made entirely of wood, however, who knows what another manufacturer may have done. Or, I may be…"
"So are you saying the "mouse hole" was a small hole the size of a marble and the mouse just chewed it larger so he could get in there and sniff around?? And why would the larger opening be made if tin?? Sorry for all the questions but I…"
"Yep. Sounds like a voting box. Into the large opening are put marble like balls, black and white. They are quite a bit different in size (usually the white ones are 1/2 again as large as the black.). If someone has petitioned the organization to…"
"I am not sure what you mean by the "slot" on the side? There are handles on both ends to carry the box. Also, how does the galvanized tin portion of this box play into a voting box?? It does have a drawer that pulls out but the only…"
"I am almost sure it is a voting box. Does it have a drawer that pulls out or is there access to items that might be put in the "slot" on the side? If so, that is what it is. If you need more detail, let me know and I'll explain how…"