- Small, polychrome- and gilt-decorated box in the shape of a red leather-bound, hardcover book. Painted with a pineapple, two peaches and three blue daisies against a gilt oval on the front cover and imitation gilt-stamped decoration on the spine bands and backcover; gilt textblock or page edges. Front cover opens on two hinges and has an interior clasp to secure shut. Interior tinned. No marks.
- This box was made by Esther Stevens Brazer (1898-1945), an author, collector, researcher, scholar, and teacher of Early American Decoration; she was also a direct descendent of tinsmith Zachariah Stevens of Stevens Plains (now part of Portland), ME.
- Small book boxes such as this are unique to the tinshops of Stevens Plains (including the Stevens and Buckley Tinshops). Their purpose is not entirely clear. Some scholars suggest they might have been used as match holders as well as been given as gifts; many, but not all, have an initial on the back cover, probably that of the owner or recipient.
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- date made
- before 1945
- place made
- United States: United States, Northeastern
- Physical Description
- iron (overall material)
- tinned sheet iron (overall material)
- paint (exterior decoration material)
- gold (exterior decoration material)
- overall: 1 in x 3 5/8 in x 3 in; 2.54 cm x 9.2075 cm x 7.62 cm
- ID Number
- accession number
- catalog number
- Credit Line
- Gift of Mrs. John H. Murray
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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