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Description
Arched-handle, rectangular, rice shell basket on four splayed feet accented along its rim and handle with flowers crafted from a variety of other shells attached to wire stems and branches, some wrapped in silk thread. Covered by a clear colorless glass dome or shade that fits on a circular wood base covered on three ball feet. No marks.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
shellwork
date made
1850-1900
place made; place used
United States: Maryland, Baltimore
Physical Description
shell (overall material)
silk thread (overall material)
wire (overall material)
glass (shade material)
wood (base material)
Measurements
overall: 17 1/2 in x 15 1/4 in; 44.45 cm x 38.735 cm
ID Number
DL.68.0477
catalog number
68.0477
accession number
274913
Credit Line
Bequest of August Mencken
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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