Box or Trunk

Black-japanned and gilt-stenciled, dome-top trunk or lidded box with scrolled hasp lock on front, circular wire ring handle on top, and two hinges at back. Symmetrical floral decoration on box front features two, large, upturned cone- or bell-shape flowers amidst daisy-like flowers or leaves; box sides plain. Outlines of a border barely visible on lid top. Three-piece lid has a wire-rolled rim. Five-piece box has a flat bottom and a top edge folded with a wire bead below. Tinned interior. No marks.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1850
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
iron wire (rims; handle material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
gold (exterior decoration material)
overall: 7 3/8 in x 9 3/8 in x 6 1/4 in; 18.7325 cm x 23.8125 cm x 15.875 cm
place made
United States: Eastern United States
United Kingdom: England
ID Number
catalog number
accession 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
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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