A receptacle for broken or discarded type.
Or so says the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, available at dictionary.com.
For those of you unfamiliar with printing of old, type metal was made of a mixture of lead, zinc and antimony. After time, the type would become damaged from impressions on the paper, or possibly damaged by a negligent pressman or typesetter. They would throw the damaged type into a box, where the type would sit until it was recycled, melted down and recast. The box was called a Hellbox.
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