1840s Wallpaper Box with NH News Article on Zachary Taylor & Slavery On Base
NOTE: The box looks pink in some of my pictures, but that is just my camera. It is definitely a neutral. off white or tan color
The under side is what I find most interesting. It is from a New Hampshire newspaper dating to around the 1840s. Since this was on the base, much of the wording has worn away because the box would have been slid back and forth over a shelf. However, I can still read many parts of this. Reference is made to Zachary Taylor. Comments sounded pre election (1848 or earlier) with concern that a slave owner of 300 slaves and slave trader would be aspiring to the Presidency. When you see that wording in newspaper print it is shocking, but that is the way it was. Taylor was the last President to own slaves and only lived one year into his Presidency.
The box measures 10 1/4" wide, 8 3/4" deep and 7 1/4" tall. The condition is fairly good for the age, but there are problems. The worst problem is that about 10" of the overlap on the top is unstitched. I do not repairs, but it does need to be stitched back in place. Also, you can see that the top is very dark as that was exposed the most to dust over the past 170 years.
I am presently selling two other wallpaper boxes that stack nicely with this hat box both in size and coloration in that they all have muted neutral coloring. I am showing one picture with the 3 stacked together so you can see how they look as a group. I am also showing a picture of just this box with the medium size box as they also look nice as a stacking pair. However only the box shown and described separately is for sale with this listing. The other boxes are in separate listings.
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