Character Box

This item is recorded in the British Museum catalogue as a Kroomans character Box. It consists of a wooden box, with a hollwed-out cavity. Kru/Kran men from southern Liberia served as sailors all along the west African coast and had their own quarter, Krootown, in Freetown. This item presumably held a testimonial from a former employer, when applying for a job.

Further Information

  • Type: Containers, vessels
  • Object: Character Box
  • Materials: Wood, Vegetable, organic fibre
  • Culture Group: Other
  • Dimensions: 160mm [L] x 170mm [W] x 60mm [C]
  • Production Date: Pre 1870
  • Associated Places: Unknown
  • Associated People: Augustus Wollaston Franks; Maclean
  • Museum: British Museum
  • Accession Number: BM:Af.6201

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