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Object ID 000834

Object Name Shoe Shine Box

Object Desc Shoe shine wooden red box with elevated brass foot rest. Box has a wooden lid, where the brass foot rest piece is attached to, that opens completely but can't be separated from box since it's attached by two golden chains.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000757

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General Category History

Category Shoes


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 6

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Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords shoe shine box,shoes,

Title Shoe Shine Box

Description Wooden box is bright red with some black around it. It says "Shine" on both sides in white painted lettering with some black, yellow and red outline. Front and back of the box have "5c" on it in same color scheme. There are some yellow decorative patterns around the words on the box and also two on the top of the lid. A tall brass piece where the costumer would rest his foot is attached to the lid. It has a rectangular base on the bottom and a flat surface piece at its end to sit your shoe on. Lid is attached to box on each side by two golden chains. The lid and the box's bottom corners also have each 4 golden pieces decorating them, making it a total of 8. There are also two pieces on the back of the lid that used to keep that attached to the back of box, but it is no longer screwed to box. There is also a metal piece on front which would have closed box. There are several screws along the edges of the box and on the lid. Bottom of box is red and black. Interior is painted all black.


Approx Collection Date

Height 7.25

Length 0

Width 6.25

Depth 11.5

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

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Dimension Details Above dimensions are for the box with lid on. Foot rest is 14.75 high (at its tallest point), with a 5x4 inches base. Foot holder is 7 inches long and about 1.8 inches wide. Total height of object from box' to end of foot rest is 22 inches.

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Image Caption CMY757



Date JUN 26,2013

Summary Good

Assessor Samanta Pugh

Notes All brass parts (foot rest and attachment pieces) present some rust. Foot rest piece is a bit crooked because it is no longer correctly attached to three of the holes which are showing on the lid. It is however quite firmly attached. Wooden box shows sign of wear, it has some scratches on its surface, as well as a few black smudges and some parts where the paint has been chipped off exposing the wood. Bottom also has several scratches. Wood was chipped off a little on the front part of the lid, next to closing piece, as well as on the front left corner of the box. Also, on the back of the box, the wood on the upper edges where the lid sits on has been chiped off. Top of the lid also has some black and some white smudges. Closing piece on the front of the lid is missing. Interior of box shows signs of wear, but no major damage, only some scratches and dirt marks.


Date DEC 29,2013

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On-Site Collection Storage from Out On Loan - automatic entry by admin

Date DEC 29,2013

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 6 from On Loan - automatic entry by admin