AMERICAN PAINT-DECORATED TOLE DOCUMENT BOX, asphaltum ground with original polychrome decoration featuring three pears, hinged dome-top with original bail handle and clasp. First half 19th century. 6" H, 9 1/2" x 6". Provenance: From a Virginia private collection.
Good as-found condition, loss of asphaltum ground, less loss to decoration, minor surface rust to top, light dent at one corner.