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Bandbox

2001.281.26 (RS186893)

Description

Oval pasteboard bandbox with no lid. The box exterior is covered with multiple layers of wallpaper. The uppermost layer covering the sides of the box is a block-printed blue, yellow and green floral pattern outlined in black on white ground, dated 1845. The wallpaper layer below - first layer - is a large pink, white and green floral pattern on yellow ground. Remnants of a third paper covering the exterior base of the box is a blue, brown, and white striped pattern with alternating floral and solid stripes on gray ground. It was applied on top of, and perhaps at the same time as, the uppermost layer of wallpaper on the sides of the box.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1825-1835
Inscriptions
"Hat box from / Miss Mary Alling, Gloucester / House b. early 1700's / Once owned by Abigail Adams' / Uncle (Smith)" (handwritten)
Location of origin
United States
Material
block printing (relief printing process)
paper (fiber product)
Object type
Personal Gear
Descriptive terms
Bandbox
bandboxes (containers)
block printing (relief printing process)
paper (fiber product)
People and organizations
Waterhouse, Dorothy S.
Dimensions
11 1/4 x 15 1/2 x 17 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
2001.281.26
Credit Line
Gift of Bernard Scott
GUSN
271904
Related Items
Title Wallpaper Notes Fragment of loose wallpaper that once lined the exterior base of the bandbox is filed under "Gloucester, MA- Mary Alling - Washington St" in the Wallpaper Geographic Reference Files. The fragment is a blue, brown, and white striped pattern with alternating floral and solid stripes on gray ground. This paper was applied to the base of the box on top of, and perhaps at the same time as, the uppermost layer of floral paper on the box exterior sides.
Title Wallpaper Tracing Notes A colored tracing on mylar of the first layer of wallpaper on the bandbox is located in the Wallpaper Geographic File under "Gloucester, MA / Mary Alling- Washington St."

Wallpaper Details

Medium
Paper
Print Technique
Block Printed
Decor Motif
Floral
Striped
Form
Bandbox
State
Original
Paper Type
Handmade

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