We offer this antique 19th century tinware domed deed or document box from the New York Filley Tinshop in Lansingburgh (Troy area) New York, operated by Augustus Filley, who sold the business in 1827. It features the asphaltum background, with elaborate folk art handpainted floral and swirl decoration on the ends, top and front. Painted details almost entirely fill the top and front, with still bright and vivid colors. It has a hinged lid, a rolled tab closure at the front and a loop wire handle on the top.
The co-author of the book "American Painted Tinware, A Guide to Its Identification, Volume 3, has identified this as having been made in the Filley Shop, Lansingburgh,NY and dates it to the 1820 to 1825 period.
Measurements: 9 1/4 inches across the top. 5 1/2 inches front to back. 6 3/8 inches high.
Condition: Asphaltum background has thinned considerably, which is common, but can still see the coppery color tones in some areas. Hinges are secure. Some shallow indentations on the top and a tiny ding on the bottom edge of one end. A slight warp on the right side, with cover in place, possibly because the wire in the rolled edge is split on that corner. Inside tin has aged, but looks good. The hand painted details have only slight wear in spots and are all there, well preserved, with strong bright vivid colors of alizarin red tones, green, yellow, with overtones of white on the flowers and buds.
Absolutely gorgeous design. A wonderful example of early american folk art to add to any collection.
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