Bridebox

Bridebox
Title
Bridebox
Date 
1826
Medium 
Wood (probably cedar), metal
Dimensions 
Overall: 7 5/8 x 19 1/4 x 11 3/4 in. ( 19.4 x 48.9 x 29.8 cm )
Description 
Oval wooden bridebox and lid of bent side wood secured with strips of wood laced through holes; cover and sides painted in yellow, black, white, red, and green with image of bride and groom on cover with floral swag, border and German letters; sides decorated with stylized tulips and swirling patterns in background.
Credit Line 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number 
1937.1109ab
Marks 
painted: on box lid: "In Jahr Christi 1826" Nadelman Collection label on underside: "2530/Am"
Inscriptions 
Inscribed around the edge of the lid in German: "Keinen andern sag ich zu daß er mir mein Herz aufthu"; dated at lower center: "In Jahr Christi 1826"
Gallery Label 
Brideboxes with this type of decoration were common among Pennsylvania Germans. They were intended for keeping wearing apparel and often were presented by a man to his intended bride as a gift to store her fragile items.
Provenance 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group