Hat Box

Hat Box

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Oval, flat-top, blue-japanned hat box with a grooved midband around body, scrolled hasp lock on front, oval wire handle riveted to lid, and one hinge at back. Wire-rimmed lid has three soft-soldered, lapped-seam pieces for the sides and a folded-edge top. Four-piece box has three folded, vertical seams for the sides and a flat bottom with folded edge; wire rim with large wire bead below. Interior painted flat orange. Remnants of an oval paper label and the outline of a square one are on lid exterior; illegible graphite numbers or letters on its interior.
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Object Name
box, hat
date made
late 19th century
place made
United States
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
iron wire (rims, handle material)
paint (exterior and interior decoration material)
overall: 11 3/4 in x 14 3/8 in x 11 1/4 in; 29.845 cm x 36.5125 cm x 28.575 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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