Footlocker with belongings
Wood, leather, paper, silk, plastic
overall (locker): 10 3/4 x 21 1/2 x 15 1/4 in. ( 27.3 x 54.6 x 38.7 cm )
painted: top center of lid: "Lt. Col. W. H. Paine / H Q (?) Army (illeg.) / (illeg.) / D (illeg.)"
Rectangular wooden dovetail footlocker with side handles, with 2 tray compartments inside, filled with personal belongings; metal hinges at the back of the lid on each side, metal hinged device at the center front for securing padlock; belongings include a shaving kit, metal personal accessory box, holster, sword belt, 2 tape measures, a belt, a single epaulet from the War of 1812, paper box fragments, a printed silk advertisement, insignia, a metal in box, a key, single grape shot, leather strap, 3 miniature banners, a wooden spectacles box with personal accessories including ribbons, coin purses, and a leather billfold.
This footlocker belonged to Lt. Col. William H. Paine, who served as a surveyor in the Army during the Civil War. Paine was responsible for devising systems and tools to better facilitate the surveyor's tasks, including patenting a coiled steel tape measure.
Holzer, Harold and The New-York Historical Society. "The Civil War in 50 Objects." New York: Viking, 2013.
Gift of the Estate of Isidore L. Rosenzweig, in Memory of Bessie and Isidore L. Rosenzweig, 1978
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.