03 February 2013

It's Raining Band-boxes

Since I took the bandbox workshop a few weeks ago, it's been "raining" bandboxes as I seem to notice them everywhere!

I noticed these early 19th century bandboxes at the Winter Antiques Show last week 
(which retailed for five figures each).

During my NYC trip I also stumbled upon The Met's bandboxes in open storage...

...and I especially loved this one.

There's a 19th century bonnet with "wallpaper box" currently for sale on ebay.

I've been researching New England bandboxes and wanted to share the following...

Connecticut Historical Society Accession Number 2003.7.2.a-e

Historic New England has oodles of boxes. Here are two that I find curious:

Historic New England 1790-1810, Accession Number 1931.66.5a

Historic New England 1815-1820, Accession Number 1923.211

My current favorite 18th century bandbox, which is for sale on Etsy.com, has a great Little Rhody connection.

Description is from the seller's listing: This is a late 18th century trunk that originally belonged to the estate of Solomon Drowne, a Rhode Island doctor and Revolutionary War surgeon. The trunk is pine, held together with rose-head nails and covered with hand-blocked wallpaper. The hinges are original. The inside lid is covered with a 1795 Rhode Island College (Brown University) broadside printed in Latin. The bottom is lined with Newport Mercury newspaper. It measures 21" by 10 1/2" by 10 1/2" tall. The wallpaper is mostly intact and still quite vibrant in color. The bottom does have old worm damage (long dead) and a 2" by 21" piece of wood was used to reinforce the bottom. This is the only repair.


  1. There are two nice boxes at my local historical society. There were made by a well-known maker. Of course I can't remember her name at the moment. I will see if I can get some pictures.

    1. Hi Emily, I think there are a few bandboxes in the collection at my work too. I would love to see pics of the ones you're thinking of!

  2. That etsy listing is pretty sweet... We've got a splint used by Solomon Drowne in the collection at work, and his papers are at the Hay Library. And yes, a stack of boxes of all sizes in the attic. Someday they'll be photographed!

  3. I'm researching a band box of my own- can you recommend any books/online sources to look into?

    1. I would suggest starting with the book "Bandboxes: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Learning the Craft." Good luck!


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