Box or Trunk

Japanned and gilt-decorated trunk or box with stamped lid featuring a raised, ogee-sided rectangle; a scrolled hasp lock is on front, a gilt-brass, post-and-bail handle at top, and two hinges at back. Box front has stenciled floral design; fine gilt penciling is on all four sides of lid and box. Lid has a wire-rolled rim, while the box has sharp plain edges with a large raised bead below and a flat bottom. Both lid and box are made of five pieces soft-soldered at their seams on the inside. Tinned interior. No marks.
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Object Name
date made
late 19th or early 20th century
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
gold (exterior decoration; handle gilding material)
brass (handle material)
overall: 6 5/8 in x 9 5/8 in x 7 in; 16.8275 cm x 24.4475 cm x 17.78 cm
place made
United States
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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