Small, japanned, dome-top trunk or lidded box with scrolled hasp lock on front, circular wire ring handle on top, and two hinges at back. Golden-brown ground is painted on the box front with a wide white band overpainted with right-leaning, red and green brushstrokes. Swirling yellow brushstrokes around handle. Yellow pencilwork on all sides of lid and box except their backs. Three-piece lid has a wire-rolled rim on front; the other three sides are folded. Two-piece box has a top edge folded with a 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
Object Name
date made
1825 - 1875
Physical Description
tinned sheet iron (overall material)
iron wire (rims; handle material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 3 1/8 in x 4 3/8 in x 3 1/2 in; 7.9375 cm x 11.1125 cm x 8.89 cm
place made
United States: Connecticut
ID Number
accession number
catalog 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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