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A Skull-And-Bones Ballot Box, 19th century Among the more unusual items the sale is a 19th century ballot box in the form of a skull and cross bones inscribed with the name ‘THOR’ that is believed to have belonged to a member of the Skull and Bones Society, one of the oldest and most prestigious secret societies in the United States (estimate: $10,000-15,000). The ballot box is offered with an accompanying black book embossed with the name ‘Edward T. Owen/1872’ on the front and the numerals 322 on the back and lists society member names from 1831-1877, as well as a selection of approximately 50 photo portraits. As an artifact of the 19th century-era society – when member names were routinely published by the society itself – the ballot box and documents offer a rare glimpse into an organization now shrouded in secrecy.
According to Christie’s, Owen graduated from Yale in 1872 and later became a professor of French and linguistics at the University of Wisconsin. The seller’s name has not been released, and the person has been identified only as a European art collector.
Originally posted by searching4truth
I wouldn't be so bold as to say it was disproven decades ago, his great grand son only sued the club last year for their return. I'll snoop around and see if I can find the lawsuit, or if anyone else can get it faster it would be grateful.