Boxed Set of Watercolor Paints

Boxed Set of Watercolor Paints

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"Osborne's American Toy Water-Colours" consisting of a small, rectangular, slide lid box containing 17 rectangular cakes of watercolor paint. The box is divided into three, equal-size, widthwise rows: the top two have wooden dividers for holding 6 cakes each, all embossed with seashells on their fronts, and are labeled across the row dividers with the names of the pigments; the bottom row (originally for housing brushes) has five larger cakes, all embossed with a five-pearl coronet on their fronts, and bears the manufacturer's and seller's label of "[D. B.] SMITH & W. HODGSON, JR.'S / DRUG AND CHEMICAL STORE, NORTHEAST CORNER OF ARCH AND SIXTH STREETS, PHILADA."
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Object Name
paints, set of
box, artist's
date made
ca 1829 - 1849
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
place sold
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
mahogany (box lid, sides, and dividers material)
poplar (box bottom material)
pigment (watercolor cakes material)
ink (labels material)
paper, wove (labels material)
overall: 7/8 in x 5 1/4 in x 2 1/2 in; 2.2225 cm x 13.335 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Anonymous Gift
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Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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