Bandbox

Collection Type

  • Household Accessories

Date

1800-1821

GUSN

GUSN-57145

Description

Wooden bandbox, oval shape with splint and nail construction. Carved geometric designs around body and on lid. Lined with Massachusetts and Vermont newspapers dated 1821.

Details

Descriptive Terms

bandboxes (containers)
accessories
carving (processes)
wood (plant material)
Box, Accessory
Bandbox
Carved
Bandbox

Label

Cherished Possessions 2002-2005: This oval box is lined with newspapers from Boston and New Bedford, Massachusetts, and from Bennington, Vermont, all dating from 1821. It seems likely then that it was made somewhere in New England, probably around that date. Its decoration and construction-particularly the overlapped join on the back, sewn together with long reed stitches-may be American Indian. If so, the box suggests the overlap of disparate cultures that was still occurring early in the nineteenth century.

Associated Building

Original to Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House (Gloucester, Mass.),

Maker

American Statesman (Printer)
Bedford Mercury (Printer)

Location of Origin

Boston, MA, USA; New Bedford, MA, USA

Object Type

Personal Gear; Personal Carrying & Storage Gear

Dimensions

11.5 x 25 x 15.25 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Constance McCann Betts, Helena Woolworth Guest and Frasier W. McCann

Accession Number

1942.4131AB

Places

Massachusetts (United States)
Probably