Single-sheet, oblong octagonal, japanned tray painted with a symmetrical design featuring a large, circular red flower or fruit at center of well encompased by an oval red bud or fruit between alternating yellow and green leaflets at sides and three smaller red buds or fruits between two, curved and pointed, yellow-highlighted and -veined, green leaves above and below. Large flower has feathered alizarin and white overtones on sides; smaller circles and ovals have yellow centers and alizarin overstrokes. A yellow ribbon and line border well. Made in one piece, cut and folded, with wire-rolled rim and flat bottom. Exterior is painted black with finish removed at top right on bottom to highlight an inscription scratched in cursive script: "Mary Ellen Bagley / Brookfield (underlined) / 1845".
Attributed to the Oliver Filley Tinshop of Bloomfield, CT, circa 1800-1846.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date inscribed
Physical Description
tinned sheet iron (overall material)
iron wire (rim material)
asphaltum (overall decoration material)
paint (overall decoration material)
overall: 1 in x 10 1/2 in x 14 5/8 in; 2.54 cm x 26.67 cm x 37.1475 cm
place made
United States: Connecticut, Bloomfield
place owned; place used
United States: Vermont, Brookfield
United States: Vermont, Brookfield
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
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