Document Box

Document Box

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Rectangular hinged-lid box painted "G. W. D. R." in gilt on front below the key lock. Red-painted rectangular bail handle on top and two hinges at back. Exterior and interior are japanned black with gilt and red borders around the raised rectangle stamped in the lid top and with gilt penciling or striping around the lid and box edges. Lid and box are made of five pieces, their sides held together by their rolled wire rims and the lid top and box bottom folded onto sides. No marks. Steel key is stored inside; one side of the bow is stamped incuse "CORBIN" and the other "PATD.87." Black string tied to both box handle and key.
Key maker is Corbin Cabinet Lock Co. (CCL); founded in 1882 in New Britain, CT, and moved to Wheeling, IL, in 2003. Started as manufacturer of locks and related goods, now produces larger assortment of industrial and security hardware.
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Object Name
date made
after 1860
date key made
ca 1887
place box and key made
United States: Connecticut, New Britain
place used
United States: Virginia, Alexandria
Physical Description
tin (overall material)
iron (overall material)
enamel (overall material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
brass (hardware material)
steel (key, parts of lock material)
overall: 3 1/2 in x 9 3/8 in x 6 1/2 in; 8.89 cm x 23.8125 cm x 16.51 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of The Heirs of William and Dennis Ramsay
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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