Subtypes Guilds - Guild Boxes

Craft guilds generally had a support fund that provided mutual aid to its members in times of need as well. For most guilds, the box was not completely separate but linked to the guild’s fund. Only later, in the early modern period, did distinct guild boxes — directed at mutual aid — become separate from the guild’s general fund. By means of collective action the members tried to spread their financial risks. Members paid systematic contributions to the fund, which in turn provided support in case of accidents, death, impoverishment, illness, old age and widowhood, based on the money readily available in the box.


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