Biscuit Box

Mechanical triple folding biscuit box consisting of three, repousse chased, shell-shape, hinged sides that open from the top to reveal a gilded interior fitted with three, fanlike, piercework, hinged covers that fold down and secure closed using the spring retainers mounted on their fronts. Frame is formed from three, fasces-pattern arches on triple-pad feet to which the hinge mechanisms, each topped by a fleur-de-lis finial, are attached. Cast, three-scroll top handle and smaller, triangular, broken-scroll side handles. Top of one foot struck incuse "13". No other marks. One of two biscuit boxes, DL*304621.0001-.0002.
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Object Name
box, biscuit
date used
ca 1870-1873
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
gold (gilt interior material)
overall: 23.1 cm x 20.7 cm; 9 1/8 in x 8 1/8 in
overall: 9 3/8 in x 8 1/2 in; 23.8125 cm x 21.59 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England
place used
United States: Missouri
United States: Kansas
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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 Mr. and Mrs. Louis S. Rothschild
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