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Bread Basket

Bread Basket

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Japanned oval basket or pan with tall, tapered sides cut with two semicircular or lunette handles at its higher ends and painted along its lower sides with wide white bands containing a repeating pattern, from right to left, of a red tulip with blue-dotted center next to an orange, red and blue flower, a green and orange leaf, and a shaded or fingered red-to-yellow pomegranate at far left; yellow and alizarin overstrokes with black veins and a few curlicues or squiggles in the open spaces. Yellow brushwork under the handles. Crystallized well with yellow border overpainted with thin black lattice fence strokes. Made in three pieces with a molded, wire-rolled rim, folded seams, and a flat bottom. No marks.
Attributed to either the Harvey Filley Tinshop, circa 1818-1853, or Frederick Zeitz Tinshop, both in Philadelphia, PA.
Currently not on view
Object Name
basket, bread
date made
ca 1830 - 1870
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
tinned sheet iron (overall material)
iron wire (rim material)
asphaltum (overall decoration material)
paint (overall decoration material)
overall: 3 5/8 in x 12 5/8 in x 7 3/4 in; 9.2075 cm x 32.0675 cm x 19.685 cm
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accession number
catalog number
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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