Knife Box

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1795

GUSN

GUSN-2191

Description

Pine, dovetail construction, painted overall with gray-green and black marbleized smoke decoration.

Details

Descriptive Terms

trays
marbling
painting (coating)
pine (wood)
pine (wood)
Pine
Painted
Marbled
TRAY, FLATWARE

Inscription

1) Handpainted on bottom underside (at later date): ""Made By Isiah Webster / Jan. [?] 1795 / Presented to C.H. Perry 2d / June 1st 1864"" [partially illegible]. 2) Note tucked inside (now in accession folder): ""This knife box was made by your Great / Grandfather Isiah Webster in Jan 1795 / the day your grandmother Perry was / born. My mother gave it to me / June 1st 1864 - & now I give it to / you to keep in your curio room. / the day of the month is worn out / but your Mother can give you the / exact date. Respectfully yours / Chas H. Perry / March 1896."" (To Lissie W(?) Foster / 99 Corning St. Beverly). Other side of note reads ""This box is 101 years old"".

Associated Building

Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Food Service T&E

Dimensions

4 x 4.5 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little

Accession Number

1991.200

Places

Probably Massachusetts (United States)
probably