Box or Trunk

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Dome-top trunk or lidded box, originally japanned, with a scrolled hasp lock on front, circular wire ring handle pinned to the top, and two hinges at back. Exterior finish removed but vestiges of large red swags painted on the front and sides remain. 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. No marks.
The presence of large red swags supports an attribution to the Berlin area, CT, or eastern New York State, where similar decoration is found.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1800-1850
place made
United States: Connecticut, Berlin
United States: New York
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
iron wire (rims; handle material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 4 3/4 in x 8 3/4 in x 4 1/2 in; 12.065 cm x 22.225 cm x 11.43 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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