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Box with fitted cover

Object Number: 
INV.7665ab
Date: 
1800-1812
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 2 1/8 in. ( 1.9 x 4.4 x 5.4 cm )
Description: 
Heart-shaped wooden box with fitted cover.
Gallery Label: 
According to the donor, this heart-shaped box belonged to Julia Ann Curtis who was the donor's great grandmother. Ms. Curtis (who later became Mrs. Hugh Joseph Murray) received it from a woman while on her journey down the Hudson River to N.Y. from Newtown, Connecticut. The woman on the ship told Ms. Curtis that whenever she felt an inclination to do evil to look at the box and think of the woman who gave it to her.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Frederick Seal
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group