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Object Number: 
Wood (probably cedar), metal
Overall: 7 5/8 x 19 1/4 x 11 3/4 in. ( 19.4 x 48.9 x 29.8 cm )
painted: on box lid: "In Jahr Christi 1826" Nadelman Collection label on underside: "2530/Am"
Inscribed around the edge of the lid in German: "Keinen andern sag ich zu daß er mir mein Herz aufthu"; dated at lower center: "In Jahr Christi 1826"
Oval wooden bridebox and lid of bent side wood secured with strips of wood laced through holes; cover and sides painted in yellow, black, white, red, and green with image of bride and groom on cover with floral swag, border and German letters; sides decorated with stylized tulips and swirling patterns in background.
Gallery Label: 
Brideboxes with this type of decoration were common among Pennsylvania Germans. They were intended for keeping wearing apparel and often were presented by a man to his intended bride as a gift to store her fragile items.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group