Bandbox

Collection Type

  • Wallpaper

Date

1825-1835

GUSN

GUSN-271904

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

Descriptive Terms

bandboxes (containers)
paper (fiber product)
block printing (relief printing process)
Bandbox

Inscription

"Hat box from / Miss Mary Alling, Gloucester / House b. early 1700's / Once owned by Abigail Adams' / Uncle (Smith)" (handwritten)

Additional Identification Number

2001.306
2002.63.26

Related Items

Title Wallpaper Accession Number
Title Wallpaper Tracing Accession Number

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

United States

Object Type

Personal Gear

Dimensions

11 1/4 x 15 1/2 x 17 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Scott

Accession Number

2001.281.26

Wallpaper Details

Print Technique

Block Printed

Form

Bandbox

State

Original

Type

Handmade

Medium

Paper

Decor Motif

Floral
Striped