Japanned, dome-top box with scrolled hasp lock on front, circular wire ring handle on top, and two hinges at back; asphaltum ground almost entirely gone from lid and upper part of box. Box front is painted with a right-leaning sprig of two, red, lobed-fanlike flowers with blue centers on a green stem with white-veined, serrated-edge green leaves; similarly-colored buds perch on green and yellow leaflets. Lid top and box sides each have a four-arm, red-and-green pinwheel; thin red and thick blue-green bands border lid top. 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. Tinned interior. No marks.
Attributed to the New York Filley Tinshop, started by Augustus Filley (1789-1945), of Lansingburgh, NY, circa 1814-1870.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1814 - 1870
Physical Description
tinned sheet iron (overall material)
iron wire (rims; handle material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 5 1/8 in x 8 1/4 in x 4 in; 13.0175 cm x 20.955 cm x 10.16 cm
place originally made
United States: New York, Lansingburgh
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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