Box or Trunk

Japanned, coffer- or platform-top trunk or lidded box with scrolled hasp lock on front, circular wire handle on top, and one hinge at back. Box front is painted with a left-leaning, red and white, S-stroke border punctuated by yellow leaflets inside, salmon-red leaflets above and green leaflets below. A yellow ribbon-and-dot band borders lid front and sides as well as base of box front. Yellow brushwork on box sides and around handle, where it forms an oval accented by red dots. One-piece lid has a wire-rolled rim. Three-piece box has a top edge folded with a wire bead below and sides that fold under the flat bottom. Tinned interior. No marks.
Attributed to the Oliver Buckley Tinshop of Stevens Plains, ME, circa 1807-1855. Platform-top trunks are commonly found from this shop.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1807-1855
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
iron wire (rims, handle material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 4 3/8 in x 6 1/2 in x 3 3/4 in; 11.1125 cm x 16.51 cm x 9.525 cm
place made
United States: Maine, Portland
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
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