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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. Floral spray painted on box front features three different red crab flowers with white and alizarin overstrokes, all perched on red stems with yellow-veined, smooth-edge green leaves and yellow leaflets. Box sides have two yellow brushstroke swags. Yellow brushwork on lid top at handle, and a yellow ribbon on its front and sides. Three-piece lid has a wire-rolled rim. Five-piece box has a top edge folded with wire bead below and a flat bottom. No marks.
Attributed to the Butler Tinshop of East Greenville, NY, circa 1820-1855.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1820 - 1855
place made
United States: New York, East Greenville
Physical Description
tinned sheet iron (overall material)
iron wire (rims; handle material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 6 1/8 in x 9 1/2 in x 6 1/4 in; 15.5575 cm x 24.13 cm x 15.875 cm
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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