Japanned, dome-top box with scrolled hasp lock on front, circular wire ring handle on top, and two hinges at back. Box front is painted with two yellow-bordered white swags, each having a right-facing, scalloped red flower with yellow crescent overstroke, three pairs of red berries or buds, and two types of leaves. Box sides have a straight band with a circular, red flower or fruit flanked by pairs of leaves and berries or buds. Black veining and pencilwork details. Lid has yellow X-shape brushwork around handle, sprays in top corners and on sides; yellow penciling on lid top and all sides except back. Three-piece lid has a wire-rolled rim. Three-piece box has a top edge folded with wire bead below and a flat bottom. Tinned interior. No marks.
Trunks with two white swags on front and straight bands on sides (often decorated with the same motifs, as seen on this trunk) are an identifying feature of the Upson Tinshop of Marion (Southington), CT, circa 1773-1837.
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Object Name
date made
ca 1800 - 1835
Physical Description
tinned sheet iron (overall material)
iron wire (rims; handle material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 4 1/8 in x 6 7/8 in x 4 in; 10.4775 cm x 17.4625 cm x 10.16 cm
place made
United States: Connecticut, Southington
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accession number
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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
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