Rectangular, hinged-lid box with bulging sides made of green, red, and white marbled stone mounted in a gold-plated frame and base with four paw feet. Plain front; no lock or handle. Interior of lid and box as well as box underside are lined in bright red velvet. Small green felt pads are adhered to underside of feet. No marks. Crinkled paper note stored inside is inscribed "Purchased in Rome, Fri., Oct. 24, 1975 in 'church of St. Peter in chains.'"
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date made
date used
date purchased
Physical Description
onyx or agate (lid, sides material)
metal, gold-plated (frame, feet material)
velvet (lining material)
average spatial: 6.5 cm x 14 cm x 20.6 cm; 2 9/16 in x 5 1/2 in x 8 1/8 in
overall: 2 1/2 in x 8 1/8 in x 5 3/8 in; 6.35 cm x 20.6375 cm x 13.6525 cm
place made
place used
United States: Florida, Miami Beach
place purchased
Italia: Lazio, Rome
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Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Bettee-Aynn Amsterdam Thomas in honor of Ruth and Bernard Amsterdam
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