Oval, japanned, dome-top box with scrolled hasp lock on front, an oval wire ring handle on top, and one hinge at back. Box front is painted with shaded circular roses or flowers and angled, three-lobed, green leaves above red dots and simple yellow brushstrokes. Matching brushstrokes on lid sides; elongated yellow rope strokes on lid top. Three-piece lid has an overhanging top edge and wire-rolled rim. Three-piece box has a flat, projecting bottom and a top edge folded with wire bead below. No marks.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
1820 - 1850
Physical Description
tinned sheet iron (overall material)
iron wire (rims; handle material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 5 1/4 in x 5 5/8 in x 5 3/8 in; 13.335 cm x 14.2875 cm x 13.6525 cm
place made
United States: New York
ID Number
accession number
catalog 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 Mrs. John H. Murray
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