Box or Trunk

Japanned, dome-top trunk or lidded box with scrolled hasp lock on front, brass post-and-bail handle on top, and two hinges at back. Box front and sides have a wide yellow band overpainted with red trefoil flowers and green leaves accented with black pencilwork, all above sets of three gilt or yellow curved drops, red penciling, and thinly painted gilt or yellow scallops and penciling along the bottom. Five-piece lid has an overhanging, folded-edge top and wire-rolled rim. Three-piece box has a projecting, flat bottom and a wire-rolled top edge with raised bead below. Japanned interior. No marks.
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Object Name
date made
ca 1820-1850
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
iron wire (rims material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
brass (handle material)
overall: 6 in x 8 3/8 in x 5 3/4 in; 15.24 cm x 21.2725 cm x 14.605 cm
place made
United States: New England
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Group 1
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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