Rectangular leather trunk with a domed lid featuring a sawtooth skirt and red leather detailing. The lower front and side edges of the lid and the sides of the front, lid, and back, are outlined in strips of red leather held down with a continuous line of brass tacks. Two strips of red leather secured with a continuous line of brass tacks divide the lid and the case front into four panels. Additional strips of leather with a sawtooth edge, held in place with brass tacks, form a basket-shape underneath the lockplate on the front face of the trunk. The bail handle has circular backplates and is attached to the center top of the lid. A lock with keyhole cover is mounted at the top center of the front panel of the trunk and a hasp is mounted above it on the center front of the lid. The inside is lined in newspaper from the February 3, 1835 edition of THE FARMER AND GARDENER. Two battens or rollers are nailed to the bottom of the trunk, along the long sides. A length of faded red, yellow, and brown-striped woven linen webbing is nailed to the inside of the trunk on each side to act as a stay for the lid.


c. 1835


Wood, leather, iron, brass, paper, linen


Overall (H x W x D): 7 1/2 in. x 15 1/4 in. x 8 3/4 in. (19.05 cm x 38.74 cm x 22.23 cm)

Credit Line

Purchase, 1949

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Colors (Beta)

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