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Japanned, dome-top box with scrolled hasp lock on front, circular wire ring handle on top, and two hinges at back. Golden-brown mottled asphaltum ground is painted on the box front and sides with a wide red band overpainted with alizarin and green brushstokes and green dot circles above a vine of right-facing, red crab flowers, yellow dot circles, and green leafy stems; elongated yellow S strokes along base. Lid has a four-arm, red-, yellow-and-green pinwheel and yellow dot circles on top; yellow apostrophe brushstrokes are on the front and sides. Three-piece lid has a wire-rolled rim. Three-piece box has a top edge folded with wire bead below and a flat bottom. No marks.
Attributed to the North Tinshop of Fly Creek, NY, circa 1790-1841.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1790 - 1841
place made
United States: New York, Fly Creek
Physical Description
tinned sheet iron (overall material)
iron wire (rims; handle material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 6 in x 9 in x 5 in; 15.24 cm x 22.86 cm x 12.7 cm
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accession number
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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