This pine box has a decorated gutta-purcha top and was used by the Scovill Mfg. Co. to ship daguerreotype photographic plates. Scovill operated from 1849 to 1889 making photographic supplies, cameras and equipment. Through acquisition and merger they became Scovill & Adams in 1889, Anthony and Scovill in 1901, ANSCO Products in 1907 and AGFA-ANSCO in 1928.
The gutta-percha top is embossed with a schooner flying the American flag in an oval frame with floral vignettes at the top, bottom and each corner of the rectangular box top. Gutta-percha is a natural rigid latex produced by the Polaguium tree with thermoset properties similar to plastics which eventually replaced it. Gutta-percha was popular starting in the early to mid-1800's known primarily for its use with golf balls and a coating for underwater cables.
The box measures 5" wide, 4 1/2" deep and 3 1/2" tall. The inside of the lid is covered in blue silk. The bottom of the box is stamp;ed "SCOVILL MFG CO NY''.
Condition is very good with no losses and no repairs. The shellac finish to the wooden box is about 50% and there is a blemish in the center of the box top.
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