Bandbox, 1845-1860

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. Some bandboxes were covered with papers depicting animals, places or specific scenes. Others, such as this one, were covered with decorative wallpaper of the day.

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. Some bandboxes were covered with papers depicting animals, places or specific scenes. Others, such as this one, were covered with decorative wallpaper of the day.

Artifact

Bandbox (Container)

Date Made

1845-1860

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United States 

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2001.0.18.23

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Pasteboard (Paper)
Wallpaper

Color

Blue
Yellow
Orange (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 2.25 in

Diameter: 2.75 in

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