Bandbox, circa 1835

Summary

In the early 1800s, Americans used bandboxes to store clothing, accessories and other small items. Bandboxes were useful containers at home or when travelling by stage, boat, or rail. Manufacturers covered these inexpensive pasteboard or wooden boxes with colorful papers. This bandbox's paper depicts an idyllic scene with a towered home and mill.

In the early 1800s, Americans used bandboxes to store clothing, accessories and other small items. Bandboxes were useful containers at home or when travelling by stage, boat, or rail. Manufacturers covered these inexpensive pasteboard or wooden boxes with colorful papers. This bandbox's paper depicts an idyllic scene with a towered home and mill.

Artifact

Bandbox (Container)

Date Made

circa 1835

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United States 

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

29.257.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Cardboard
Wallpaper
String (Fiber product)
Paper (Fiber product)

Color

Beige (Color)
Brown
White (Color)
Yellow
Red

Dimensions

Height: 11.75 in

Width: 17.25 in

Length: 13.25 in

Inscriptions

Handwritten on bottom of box: G. Wh-t--

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