Trinket Box

Collection Type

  • Household accessories

Date

1790-1820

GUSN

GUSN-2919

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

Descriptive Terms

boxes (containers)
brass (alloy)
gilding
painting (coating)
paper (fiber product)
pine (wood)
Federal
monograms
Neoclassical
pine (wood)
swags
vines
Pine
Brass
Painted
Unidentified Paper
Neoclassical
Federal
Swag
Monogram
Vine
Gilded
BOX, TRINKET

Inscription

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.),

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Household Accessory

Dimensions

5.75 x 12.25 x 7.125 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little

Accession Number

1991.1391