1906 Chinese Immigrant’s Lacquer Trunk

Description (Brief)
In 1906 Ng Shee Lee packed her clothes and belongings in this trunk and left China for America. It was a difficult trip. She slept next to the noisy engine room; arriving tired and sick in San Francisco she was met by the devastating 1906 earthquake. Ng Shee then made her way alone by train across Canada to New York where she rejoined her husband, Lee B. Lok.
date made
ca 1906
maker
unknown
place made
China
arrived at
United States: New York, Manhattan, Chinatown
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
trunk closed: 34 cm x 46 cm x 70 cm; 13 3/8 in x 18 1/8 in x 27 9/16 in
ID Number
1992.0620.01
catalog number
1992.0620.01
accession number
1992.0620
Credit Line
Gift of James Edgar Mead and Virginia Lee Mead
subject
Chinese American
Immigration
Immigrants
related event
The Emergence of Modern America
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Costume
Cultures & Communities
Family & Social Life
Transportation
Chinese American
Exhibition
On the Water
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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