Camel-back Box

Collection Type

  • Household accessories

Date

1810

GUSN

GUSN-2830

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

Descriptive Terms

boxes (containers)
brass (alloy)
dovetail joints
iron (metal)
painting (coating)
wood (plant material)
patriotism
Wood
Tulip Poplar
Iron
Brass
Painted
Dovetail
Federal
Patriotism
Box

Inscription

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.

Associated Building

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

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Chester, VT, USA

Dimensions

5 1/2 x 12 x 6 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little

Accession Number

1991.1282

Places

Vermont (United States)