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Presentation Box

Decorative Arts and Design

MEDIUM Wood, leather, satin, velvet, metal hardware
DATES 2nd half 19th century
DIMENSIONS 1 3/8 x 13 5/8 x 4 1/2 in. (3.5 x 34.6 x 11.4 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. John H. Livingston
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Presentation box for fish slice and fork set (1996.37.24-.25). Flat, oblong wooden box with slightly domed lid, covered with brown leather; lid was originally hinged to box with strip of leather (now torn) and is decorated with embossed outlines and garlands of foliate and flower forms at each short end; box originally had clasp at front center. Interior of box: bottom molded to fit serving pieces and lined with purple velvet; lid lined with purple satin and has two blue elastic bands across length. Condition: Fair; exterior badly worn with scuffs and tears in leather; clasp lost; hinge completely torn such that box and lid are no longer joined.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Presentation Box, 2nd half 19th century. Wood, leather, satin, velvet, metal hardware, 1 3/8 x 13 5/8 x 4 1/2 in. (3.5 x 34.6 x 11.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. John H. Livingston, 1996.37.26. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1996.37.26.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1996.37.26.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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