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Camel-back Box

1991.1282 (RS21553)

Description

Paint-decorated poplar domed-top box with patriotic decoration painted in golden yellow and black. On the top is centered an eagle with on an olive branch holding a ribbon in its beak that reads "We are one" written in a decorative oval and with corner fans. The front has spikey trees upon which the initials "LB" are formed with brass tacks, below the inscribed legend "Chester Vermont/December 19, 1810", each small side has a conforming spikey tree, and the back has short, splashy diagonal strokes. There is a brass bail handle on the top, with an iron hinged lock attached to the front. The inside is unpainted, and the remaining pieces of black ribbon hinges on top (probably a document box due to the sturdy lock and brass handle).

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1810
Inscriptions
On the lid top, in eagle's beak is a ribbon, it reads: We are one . On the front, there is an inscribed legend: Chester Vermont/December 19, 1810 , which is below the initials: LB , formed with brass tacks.
Location of origin
Chester, VT, USA
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
brass (alloy)
dovetail joints
iron (metal)
painting (coating)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Container
Places
Vermont (United States)
Descriptive terms
Box
boxes (containers)
Brass
brass (alloy)
Dovetail
dovetail joints
Federal
Iron
iron (metal)
Painted
painting (coating)
patriotism
Patriotism
Tulip Poplar
Wood
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
5 1/2 x 12 x 6 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.1282
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
2830

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