Box and Key

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Object Name: 
Box and Key
Accession Number: 
88.3.24
Dimensions: 
H: 13.3 cm, W: 32.4 cm, D: 18.9 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1800-1850
Primary Description: 
Colorless, opaque red-brown and white, transparent green, blue non-lead glasses, wood, brass, steel; filigree rods, cut to length, assembled in wood frame. (a) Straight sided, rectangular shape, with hinged, flat top; the top formed of a silvered wood frame with central divider, holding numerous lengths of straight rods, some containing filigree twists, mostly of circular cross-section, some flattened; the top hinged to the base with three wire loops; angular iron projection at the front, on the underside, part of the locking mechanism; the base of the box with silvered and gilded wood frame on top, silvered wood vertical corner posts, and sloping wood base frame with central divider; more lengths of glass rods arranged vertically in the sides, with additional rods arranged in the base; wood divider on the front, faced with dark red-brown and white rods, holding the lock; shield-shaped lock plate; the wood strips on the bottom painted dark yellowish-brown; (b) flat, loop grip; tubular projection with turned, incised lines; projecting square tooth at the end.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Kummer-Rothenhausler, Sibyll, Source
1988-02-05