Bond Box

Rectangular, lidded box with gilt brass key lock on one long side, two hinges on the other, and a rectangular wire handle on one short end; painted black with red and gilt borders and pencilling or striping around all edges and sides. Flat lid is made of one piece with a wire-rolled rim. Box is made of two pieces with soft-soldered, folded edges, one for the sides and a flat bottom; all four top edges are folded with a raised bead below. Box bottom is stamped with the raised number "38". Hole punched from outside to lower left of handle. Small, steel key with heart-shaped bow is stored inside; stamped incuse on its shank "19".
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Object Name
date made
1865 - 1915
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
iron wire (handle; rim material)
enamel (exterior decoration material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
brass (lock material)
gold (gilding on lock material)
steel (lock; key material)
overall: 2 3/4 in x 9 3/8 in x 4 1/2 in; 6.985 cm x 23.8125 cm x 11.43 cm
place made
United States
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 Kenneth E. Jewett
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