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Date Made:1832
Type:Container; Household Accessory
Materials:wood: yellow poplar[?]; paint, paper, base metal
Place Made:United States; New England; western Massachusetts
Measurements:overall: 6 3/4 in x 11 3/4 in x 8 3/4 in; 17.145 cm x 29.845 cm x 22.225 cm
Accession Number:  HD 88.088
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Richard B. Armstrong

Rectangular hinged decoupage box painted black and highlighted with numerous cut-out printed figures covered with varnish. The box was owned by Mrs. Dorothy Wise Smead of Deerfield and Springfield, MA, and Meriden, N.H., and was given to the museum by her daughter. Box is inscribed in pencil on the bottom of the box, "Nancy Clay/Box 1832 or 1892?" Nancy Clay could be Nancy M. Clay, daughter of cabinetmaker Daniel Clay and his wife Lucinda Smead Clay of Greenfield. She was born on July 20, 1820. There is no information on when she died. The date "1832" could relate to the family's move to New York City when Daniel Clay left the cabinetmaking business and became a druggist.

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