15 January 2003
A WALLPAPER COVERED WOOD BAND BOX
Labelled by Hannah Davis (1784-1863), Jaffrey, New Hampshire, circa 1840
The large oblong form covered in Swan Handle Fruit Basket wallpaper with conforming separate lid, the interior lined with The Sunday School Journal and underside of lid with label Warranted Nailed Band-Boxes Made By Hannah Davis, Jaffrey, N.H.
15in. high, 20½in. wide, 16in. deep (2)
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For a full discussion of Hannah Davis's life and work, see Carlisle, Hat Boxes and Band Boxes at Shelburne Museum (Shelburne, 1960), pp. 1-10. A band box similar to the example here is illustrated Carlisle, p. 5.
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