N060578 HJ/WHW/NSDAP "Gau Niederdonau" 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 to its apex, unto whose surface are the raised serial numbers "15891". 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 riveted to the reverse, beneath the lid’s hinge. Embossed to the can itself, "Gau Niederdonau" (Administrative-region Niederdonau). 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. The embossed number "8" may be seen below the latter location. The original, small security tag is to the front.

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $238.00 

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