Trunk

Description:

Japanned, dome-top box with scrolled hasp lock on front, circular wire ring handle on top, and two hinges at back. Box front is painted with a right-leaning sprig of three, red, scalloped flowers, all overpainted with blended or fingered-off, blue-to-white crab centers topped with alizarin; white-veined, green, smooth- and serrated-edge leaves and green, yellow, and translucent white leaflets. Lid top and box sides each have a four-arm, red-and-yellow pinwheel. Thin yellow and thick red bands border lid top; another thin yellow line is on lid 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 on box, but slip of paper stored inside is inscribed with possible provenance: "Rebecca M. Lounsberry, 1860 / Deborah A. Ham 1858 / William Ham 1870 / Katie J. Bornt 1885".

Attributed to the New York Filley Tinshop, started by Augustus Filley (1789-1945), in Lansingburgh, NY, circa 1814-1870.

Date Made: ca 1814 - 1870

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, Lansingburgh

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Domestic Life, Domestic Furnishings

Exhibition:

Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1978.0119.11Accession Number: 1978.0119Catalog Number: 1978.0119.11

Object Name: trunk

Physical Description: tinned sheet iron (overall material)iron wire (rims; handle material)asphaltum (exterior decoration material)paint (exterior decoration material)Measurements: overall: 6 7/8 in x 9 7/8 in x 5 1/4 in; 17.4625 cm x 25.0825 cm x 13.335 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ae-908e-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_309667

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