Black-painted, dome-top box with scrolled hasp lock on front, circular wire ring handle on top, and two hinges at back. Box front and sides have a red band containing yellow-dotted alizarin ovals with yellow streamers above green swags and yellow tassels. Lid top has yellow graduated brushstrokes on four sides of the handle; a yellow ribbon and thick band border its edges. Three-piece lid has a wire-rolled rim. Three-piece box has a top edge folded with wire bead below and a flat bottom. Scratched on bottom underside in cursive script "C,C, Spencer / No. 5".
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Object Name
date made
ca 1790 - 1840
Physical Description
tinned sheet iron (overall material)
iron wire (rims; handle material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 5 5/8 in x 8 1/8 in x 4 5/8 in; 14.2875 cm x 20.6375 cm x 11.7475 cm
place made
United States: New York
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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