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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. Box front and sides are painted with a yellow-bordered, scalloped white band overpainted with red scalloped flowers and pointed oval buds amidst two types of green leaves; black veining and pencilwork details. Lid top has yellow brushwork fans and four-dot diamonds bordered by two yellow crossed lines; lid front and sides with alternating yellow brushstrokes. 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 Upson Tinshop of Marion (Southington), CT, circa 1773-1837.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1800 - 1840
place made
United States: Connecticut, Southington
Physical Description
tinned sheet iron (overall material)
iron wire (rims; handle material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 6 in x 8 7/8 in x 5 1/2 in; 15.24 cm x 22.5425 cm x 13.97 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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