Box or Trunk

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Japanned, dome-top trunk or lidded box with scrolled hasp lock on front, circular wire ring handle on top, and two hinges at back. Box front and sides are painted with clusters of one large and several small, eye-like flowers with circular red centers split by yellow-dotted, pointed ovals at their middles; alizarin overstrokes and green leaflets on yellow arc stems. Lid top has fine yellow brushwork around handle and in corners; border of fine, yellow lattice strokes and red penciling. Three-piece lid has a wire-rolled rim. Three-piece box has a flat bottom with projecting folded edge and a top edge folded with wire bead below. Tinned interior. No marks.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1800-1850
place made
United States: Northeastern United States
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
iron wire (rims; handle material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 6 in x 8 7/8 in x 5 3/8 in; 15.24 cm x 22.5425 cm x 13.6525 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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Data Source
National Museum of American History