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Q&A on Collecting: Sick call box a journey to the next life

Anne McCollam answers readers’ questions about their antiques.

BY ANNE MCCOLLAM Published: March 18, 2013

Q&A on Collecting

Q: Enclosed is a photo

of a Sick Call box that hung in my husband’s bedroom when he was a boy. It originally belonged to his grandmother. The frame is wood, and there is a compartment at the bottom that contains a crucifix, tray, a cruet for holy oil, candles and a holy water bottle. At the top are painted figures of Mary and Jesus. Below there is a door that drops open to reveal a storage area. The outside of the door is decorated with a picture of the Last Supper. On the inside of the door is the word “VIATICUM.” The overall measurements are 24 inches high by 12 inches wide and 4 inches deep. I would like to know anything you can tell me about my sick call box, especially its age and possible value.

A: You have a circa...
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