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 different red crab flowers, both highlighted by white and alizarin overstrokes, that are perched on red stems with green and yellow leaflets. Yellow streamers form a butterfly-shape around the handle; a yellow rope border is on the lid front. Sides of lid and box feature a large yellow brushwork motif. 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.
Attributed to the Aaron Butler Tinshop on Brandy Hill, East Greenville, NY, 1824-1855.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
1824 - 1855
Physical Description
tinned sheet iron (overall material)
iron wire (rims; handle material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 5 3/8 in x 8 3/4 in x 5 1/4 in; 13.6525 cm x 22.225 cm x 13.335 cm
place made
United States: New York, East Greenville
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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