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Trinket Box

1991.1391 (RS25748)

Description

Paint decorated pine trinket box, of rectangular shape with an overhanging lid. It opens to a bright blue paper lining with a pencilled inscription (re: provenance, Issac Stearn(s)), the outside is painted a dark green ground with neo-classical red swags and a yellow and black border on all sides. The front panel contains the monogram "IS" in cursine lettering, the lid has a gilt flowering-grape vine motif, centered by borders of yellow and black framing the lining; and there are brass hinges.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1790-1820
Inscriptions
On the front of the box are the initials: ""IS"" painted in cursine lettering. In pencil on the inside lid is handwritten: ""This box was Issac Stearn(s) Property. Then his grandson/ Issac Stearn(s) Emerson"" . (The last name is indistinct as to Stearn or Stearns).
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
brass (alloy)
gilding
painting (coating)
paper (fiber product)
pine (wood)
Object type
Household Accessory
Descriptive terms
BOX, TRINKET
boxes (containers)
Brass
brass (alloy)
Federal
Gilded
gilding
Monogram
monograms
Neoclassical
Painted
painting (coating)
paper (fiber product)
Pine
pine (wood)
Swag
swags
Unidentified Paper
Vine
vines
Dimensions
5.75 x 12.25 x 7.125 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.1391
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
2919

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