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Rectangular, oilcloth covered trunk with a domed lid featuring iron bail handles with heart-shaped backplates on each side. The lower front and side edges of the lip of the lid, the sides of the lid top, and the top, bottom, and sides of the front and sides of the base are outlined in strips of leather held down with a continuous line of brass tacks. Two strips of leather secured with a continuous line of brass tacks divide the lid and the case front into four panels. An iron lock with a rectilinear keyhole cover is mounted at the top center of the front panel and a hasp is mounted above it on the center front of the lid. The lid is joined to the base by a pair of hinges screwed to the inside back edge of each. The inside is lined in wallpaper printed with a repeating pattern of black flowers within green diamonds surrounded by yellow step-like figures. A strip of leather was originally nailed to the inside of the trunk on each side to act as a stay for the lid; they are now broken. Two battens or rollers are nailed to the bottom of the trunk, along the short sides.


c. 1807



Unidentified softwood, oilcloth, leather, iron, brass, paper


Overall (H x W x D): 14 1/8 in. x 31 in. x 15 1/4 in. (35.88 cm x 78.74 cm x 38.74 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of George S. Knight, 1983

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