Box or Trunk

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 side are painted with pale-blue, gilt-bordered, scalloped rounds, each containing a red flower with yellow and white center flanked by clusters of red berries or cherries. Lid front and sides have two different patterns of yellow brushwork; top has yellow brushwork around handle and a solid band around edges. Three-piece lid has a wire-rolled rim. Five-piece box has a flat bottom and a top edge folded with wire bead below. Tinned interior. Inside back of lid is scratched "4 12-". No other marks.
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Object Name
date made
mid 19th century
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
iron wire (rims; handle material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
gold (exterior decoration material)
overall: 7 3/4 in x 10 in x 6 7/8 in; 19.685 cm x 25.4 cm x 17.4625 cm
place made
United States: Eastern 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
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