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 a right-scrolling, red-stemmed sprig having two red flowers dotted with alizarin and white amidst yellow-veined or -edged green leaves. Swirling yellow brushwork around handle. Yellow pencilling on 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.
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Object Name
date made
ca 1820 - 1860
Physical Description
tinned sheet iron (overall material)
iron wire (rims; handle material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 3 3/4 in x 6 3/4 in x 3 5/8 in; 9.525 cm x 17.145 cm x 9.2075 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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