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-leaning sprig of three, red, scalloped flowers, all overpainted with blended or fingered-off, blue-to-white crab centers topped with alizarin; white-veined, green, smooth- and serrated-edge leaves and green, yellow, and translucent white leaflets. Lid top and box sides each have a four-arm, red-and-yellow pinwheel. Thin yellow and thick red bands border lid top; another thin yellow line is on lid front and sides. Three-piece lid has a wire-rolled rim. Three-piece box has a top edge folded with wire bead below and a flat bottom. No marks on box, but slip of paper stored inside is inscribed with possible provenance: "Rebecca M. Lounsberry, 1860 / Deborah A. Ham 1858 / William Ham 1870 / Katie J. Bornt 1885".
Attributed to the New York Filley Tinshop, started by Augustus Filley (1789-1945), in Lansingburgh, NY, circa 1814-1870.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1814 - 1870
Physical Description
tinned sheet iron (overall material)
iron wire (rims; handle material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 6 7/8 in x 9 7/8 in x 5 1/4 in; 17.4625 cm x 25.0825 cm x 13.335 cm
place made
United States: New York, Lansingburgh
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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