Box or Trunk

Blue-japanned and gilt-stenciled, flat-top trunk or lidded box with scrolled hasp lock on front and one hinge at back; no handle. Lid top has "A GIFT" across center and two different baskets of fruits and flowers above and below. Gilt pencilwork around lid top and all sides except back. One-piece lid has a wire-rolled front rim and three folded edges. Two-piece box has a top edge folded with wire bead below and a flat bottom. Gold japanned interior. No marks.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1850-1880
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
iron handle (rims material)
asphaltum (interior; exterior material)
gold (exterior decoration material)
overall: 2 1/8 in x 5 in x 3 1/2 in; 5.3975 cm x 12.7 cm x 8.89 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England
United States: Northeastern United States
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 Kenneth E. Jewett
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