Box (Trunk)

Metallic gold, rectangular, lidded box decorated on all sides with a striped pattern of blue vines and leaves that are dotted with red and yellow berries; gilt-brass, scalloped-edge hasp latch on front, post-and-bail handle on lid top, and four feet stamped into box bottom. Flat lid has two hinges on back and is made of one piece with a wire-rolled rim. Box is made in three pieces with folded seams, two for the ends and one forming the bottom and sides with its top edges is folded inward. Domed handle posts and hasp lock are stamped incuse "DRGM" in a circle on their tops.
"DRGM" stands for "Deutsches Reichsgebrauchsmuster", indicating the design of the box's hardware is registered.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
1890 - 1950
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
iron wire (rim material)
lacquer (decoration material)
paint (decoration material)
brass (hardware material)
gold (hardware material)
overall: 5 in x 8 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in; 12.7 cm x 21.59 cm x 13.97 cm
place hardware made
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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