Box or Trunk

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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 with a wide white band overpainted with alternating pairs of right-facing, red and green leaves; one green and two yellow thin lines are below. Two yellow brushstrokes on each box side and swirling yellow brushstrokes around handle; no penciling. Three-piece lid has a wire-rolled front rim and three folded edges. Three-piece box has a top edge folded with wire bead below and a flat bottom. Tinned interior. No marks.
A large number of small decorated boxes similar to this example were produced in the nineteenth century; many survive in good condition.
Currently not on view
date made
place made
United States: Connecticut
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 4 3/8 in x 3 5/8 in; 8.255 cm x 11.1125 cm x 9.2075 cm
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catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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Data Source
National Museum of American History