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Wood, leather, brass, metal, textile, paper
Overall: 6 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 7 in. ( 16.5 x 31.8 x 17.8 cm )
Rectangular wooden box with flat, hinged lid; box and lid covered in leather, overlapping at corners and fastened to box with row of tacks; lid covered in red leather, with brown velvet stretched over padding and attached to center of lid, with brass ring attached to leather circle pasted to velvet; box covered in tan leather, with foliate motifs cut out and replaced with green and red leather, with tiny wooden carvings such as pineapples or bird with wings spread painted blue and attached to sides of box; strips of green and red leather with acanthus leaf border tacked on to edge of lid; inside covered with paper printed with vertical rows of flowers alternating with repeating image of woman (Jenny Lind), in blue and white; box balanced on stubby ball feet.
Credit Line 
Gift of Leonidas Westervelt
Object Number 
engraved: on front plaque: "S L H"
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group