Tall, square, lidded box or container painted flat red with the back-slanted serif initials "J.F.S." above three dots, all in blue outlined with white on front; no handle. Two-piece, flat lid has a wire-rolled rim, scrolled hasp lock, and one hinge. Two-piece box has a flat bottom and a plain top edge with a square bead soldered below on front and sides. Tinned interior. Area above initials with faint black printing "JOHN F. SHE[P]ARD / E[XE]TER, N.H." in italicized, sans serif letters.
Individual needs to be researched. There is a John F. Shepard living in Hampton Falls, NH (same county as Exeter) in the late 19th century who held several patents.
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Object Name
date made
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
iron wire (rim material)
paint (overall decoration material)
overall: 9 3/4 in x 4 1/2 in x 4 1/4 in; 24.765 cm x 11.43 cm x 10.795 cm
place made
United States: New Hampshire, Exeter
place used
United States: New Hampshire, Exeter
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
Group 1
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Group 1
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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