fare collection box
Date Made/Found: circa 1890
Dimensions: Overall: 248 × 175 × 150mm
Department: Social History
Accession Number: 1960.85
This box was used by tram conductors for collecting fares on Sheffield’s old tram system, which ran until 1960.
There is a coin slot at the top and a glass panel so that passengers could see their money fall into the lower compartment. The box opens with a sliding door with a lock, and the handle on one side was for suspending it from a hand-rail. At night, a small brass oil lantern on the side could be lit so the conductor could see what they were doing.
This fare collection box was made in Sheffield, by George Cooper, at Electric Works on Wicker.