Bread Box

Large, rectangular, japanned bread or cake box with a flat-domed lid perforated on its ends for ventilation; fine gilt penciling around the lid top and box sides. Lid has a scrolled hasp lock on front, a rectangular wire handle fastened under a shaped plate riveted to top, and two hinges at back. Both lid and box have wire-rolled rims; the lid is made in three pieces soft-soldered together, while the box has five, flat pieces with soft-soldered folded edges. Tinned interior. Inside bottom is stamped in raised san serif letters "KREAMER" inside an oval.
Maker is Kreamer Tinware of Brooklyn, NY; started by German immigrant August N. Kreamer (also spelled Kraemer) in 1873.
Currently not on view
Object Name
box, bread
date made
after 1873
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
iron wire (handle; rims material)
asphaltum (exterior finish material)
gold (exterior decoration material)
overall: 9 3/8 in x 14 3/8 in x 9 1/4 in; 23.8125 cm x 36.5125 cm x 23.495 cm
place made
United States: New York, Brooklyn
ID Number
accession number
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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