Box or Trunk

Japanned, dome-top trunk or lidded box with a scrolled hasp lock on front, a circular wire ring handle on top, and two hinges at back. Box front is painted with pairs of right-facing, alternating, red and yellow leaflets, and on the sides with two, yellow-bordered, red swags with yellow brushwork at center. Lid has yellow X-shape brushwork around handle and sprays in top corners; yellow penciling on lid top and all sides except back. Three-piece lid has a wire-rolled front rim and three folded edges. Three-piece box has a flat bottom and a top edge folded with wire bead below. Tinned interior. No marks.
The painted decoration on this box combines a lid design seen on trunks attributed to the Upson Tinshop of Marion (Southington), CT, circa 1773-1837, with a brushwork band used on the front of a trunk attributed to the Connecticut Filley Tinshop of Bloomfield, CT, circa 1800-1837.
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Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
iron wire (rims; handle material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 3 1/4 in x 6 1/2 in x 3 in; 8.255 cm x 16.51 cm x 7.62 cm
place made
United States: Connecticut
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Group 1
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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