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 a white band of salmon-red circular flowers or fruits alternating with two varieties of green leaves, one large, right-leaning, triangular and lobed and the other a small oval; black veins and details. Yellow double-apostrophe brushstrokes are below and two lines of yellow penciling border the base. Lid top has yellow, double-crab brushstrokes around handle bordered by single apostrophes and crossed double lines; lid front and sides with additional yellow drops. Three-piece lid has a wire-rolled rim. Three-piece box has a top edge folded with a wire bead below and a flat bottom. Possible signature mark of a black-outlined pointed oval at bottom right of front band.
Attributed to the Upson Tinshop of Marion (Southington), CT, circa 1773-1837.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1800-1840
place made
United States: Connecticut, Southington
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
iron wire (rims; handle material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 4 7/8 in x 8 in x 4 7/8 in; 12.3825 cm x 20.32 cm x 12.3825 cm
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History