Box or Trunk

Japanned, dome-top trunk or lidded box with scrolled hasp lock on front, circular wire ring handle on top, and two hinges at back. Box front is painted along top with two, staggered, swag-and-tassel bands in red, yellow, and green, the top one overpainted on a white band, and along base with a yellow ribbon, thin red line, and green dots. Yellow dot-and-drops brushwork runs diagonally across the box sides and straight across the lid sides. Yellow brushwork forms a diamond shape around the handle; yellow bands border the lid top and box sides. Three-piece lid has a wire-rolled rim. Two-piece box has a top edge folded with wire bead below and a flat bottom. Tinned interior. No marks.
Attributed to the North Shop of Fly Creek, NY, circa 1790-1841.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1790-1841
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
iron wire (rims; handle material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 4 1/8 in x 6 3/8 in x 3 1/8 in; 10.4775 cm x 16.1925 cm x 7.9375 cm
place made
United States: New York, Fly Creek
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
Group 1
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Group 1
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Minnie J. Elliott
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