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Object ID 000917

Object Name Clover Compound Wooden Box

Object Desc Rectangular wooden box with attached lid from Clover Compound for griding & lapping. Manufactured by Clover MFG. Co.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000833

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Hardware


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Hardware Store

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Clover Compound,grinding compound,Clover Manufacturing Co.,boxes,valve compound,wood crates,

Title Clover Compound Wooden Box

Description Rectangular wooden box, lid attached by two hinges on the back. Writings on the wood are black. Top of the lid says"Clover Compound for Grining & Lapping", "Clover Mfg. Co. - Norwalk, Conn., U.S.A.". There are two drawings of a clover, one to each side of the word "Clover". Both the front and back of the box say "Manufacturers of water mixed and grease mixed valve grinding compounds". Both right and left sides say "Clover Grinding & Lapping Compound 1 doz. 2 oz. duplex cans". Bottom of the box is attached to the box by 10 small nails. Interior of the box is empty. There are 4 small nail holes on the lid and directly below on the box that would have shut the lid.Three additional nail holes are also found on the box's bottom.


Approx Collection Date

Height 2

Length 0

Width 9.5

Depth 7.25

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Clover Manufacturing Co.

Maker Details Norwalk, Connecticut. Edward Gallaher was an inventor and patent holder, he moved to Norwalk around 1910 and established the Clover Manufacturing Company on Main Avenue. The lapping compound plant was an important producer of industrial abrasives. During the First World War, Clover helped Uncle Sam speed up ship production.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY833



Date AUG 22,2013

Summary Very good

Assessor Samanta Pugh

Notes The wood on this box is in very good condition. No major chips are seen on it. On the back portion of the bottom, there are two cracks along the edge caused by the nails placed on the wood. The hinges are nicely attached. The right hinge has two larger silver nails that do not match the others. The wood has some natural stains as well as some black smudges on several spots. Interior also has some smudge spots. The wood on the front side inside the box was caused to chip by the nail that was attached there. The inside of the lid has a rectangular large dark spot covering almost all of it with some square shapes pronunciated on the right portion. As mentioned earlier, there are some nail holes on both the lid and the box's top and bottom. All writings can be clearly read.