Black-japanned, flat-top box with scrolled hasp lock on front, rectangular wire handle on top, and two hinges at back. Semi-impasto painted decoration features four, ruffled-edge, red swags and teardrop-shaped tassels along the box front and two, different, right-facing, red flowers with yellow crosshatched centers perched on curved yellow stems on the box sides. Lid top has a rectangular outline of two undulating red lines with yellow leaflets and green swags, all bordered by a yellow ribbon; lid front and sides have a yellow rope border. Two-piece lid has an overhanging, clipped-corner, folded-edge top and wire-rolled rim. Five-piece box has a wire-rolled top edge with raised bead below and a flat bottom with projecting folded edge. Japanned interior. Lid interior inscribed in script "Hannah / Marston / of [Nor]th (illegible)"; very faint.
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Object Name
date made
ca 1815 - 1845
Physical Description
tinned sheet iron (overall material)
iron wire (rims; handle material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 5 3/4 in x 9 5/8 in x 7 1/8 in; 14.605 cm x 24.4475 cm x 18.0975 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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