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Rectangular, hinged-lid shellwork box with serpentine-edged base ending in splayed feet. Lid and box front and sides are covered in gilt paper and encrusted with symmetrically arranged seashells bordered by iridescent periwinkles, including a cowrie at top center, sunrise tellin on front and abalones on sides; glossy black paper on back and bottom. Lid and box interior are lined with gold trellis- or diaper-patterned, vibrant pink paper; the lid fitted with a mirror and the box with two pincushions, both covered in matching pink silk satin, in its back corners. No marks.
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Object Name
date made
ca 1893
place made
United States
Physical Description
seashell (overall material)
paper (exterior and interior covering material)
gold (exterior paper material)
mirrored glass (mirror material)
silk (pincushion covering, ribbon material)
paperboard (support material)
overall: 5 3/4 in x 5 1/8 in x 8 1/2 in; 14.605 cm x 13.0175 cm x 21.59 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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