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Box, Shaving

Object Name: Box, Shaving

Object ID: 1957.065.01.33

Creator: Griswold, Ashbil

Place of Origin: Meriden, CT

Date: 1807-1835

Description: Shaving Box. Bowl with attached hinge lid. Bowl has slightly flaring sides and flat bottom. Five incised lines in decorative band in center of bowl. Two-tier lid with flat upper tier tip and slightly upward turning lower tier. Decorative incised circles on both tiers. Lid in round except for where it is cut to form the hinge. Hinge also appears to be created out of pewter. Maker's mark on bottom of bowl: "A.G." in a rectangle in center.

Material: Metal

Dimensions: H-1.25 Dia-1.375 inches

Provenance: One of the items from the Prentis Collection -- given by Katherine Prentis Murphy and her brother Edmund Astley Prentis, in memory of Katherine's husband, David Edward Murphy -- which formed the contents of a suite of early New England "period rooms," meant to represent the home of a prosperous New England merchant c. 1730. The rooms were exhibited at the New Hampshire Historical Society (30 Park St.), 1957-1983. A 1965 note from Katherine Prentis Murphy states, "next year 1966 I will give you the pewter collection;" perhaps this piece was part of that collection.

Credit Line: Gift of Katharine Prentis Murphy and Edmund Astley Prentis Jr., in Memory of David Edward Murphy

People: Murphy, Katharine Prentis (1882-1967), Prentis, Edmund Astley, Jr. (1883-1967), Murphy, David E. (1859-1919), Griswold, Ashbil (1784-1853)

Subjects: Shaving, Shaving equipment

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