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Game Box with Counters

1972.27 (RS32686)

Description

Five small boxes inside one larger; all black with gold design of central oval and ornament and containing mother of pearl game pieces.

Details

Label
In the economically volatile years immediately following the American Revolution, the China Trade held out the promise of immeasurable wealth. One of the first to explore the trade was Major Samuel Shaw, who was aboard the first American ship to sail to China, the Empress of China. Shaw returned from this and subsequent trips with a host of personal items, including this lacquer box, a gift for his sister-in-law, Abigail Quincy. Her initials are painted on the lids of the set's boxes and carved onto the mother-of-pearl counters. The box is now on display at the Quincy House in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Maker
unknown
Date
1790-1800
Inscriptions
Painted on lids of 3 small inner boxes: ""AQ""
Location of origin
China
Associated Building
Original to Josiah Quincy House (Quincy, Mass.).
Material
japanning
mother of pearl
wood (plant material)
Object type
Game Equipment
Descriptive terms
Case, Game
games
japanning
mother of pearl
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
2 3/8 x 11 5/8 x 10 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1972.27
Credit Line
Gift of Edmund Quincy
GUSN
55782

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