• Created Date
  • 1838
  • Description
  • 1. WOODEN CONTAINER WITH LID, APPARENTLY CARVED FROM A SINGLE PIECE OF WOOD. THE SIDES OF THE CONTAINER HAVE SMALL LUGS WITH HOLES IN THEM, A THIRD LUG IS ON THE LID. A COCONUT FIBER CORD PASSES THROUGH THE HOLES IN THESE LUGS, SECURING THE LID. HAS ORIGINAL PEALE TAG. "WM. RICH, JANUARY 30, 1841" WRITTEN ON BOTTOM. EXHIBITED MAGNIFICENT VOYAGERS, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, 1985-86. IDENTIFIED BY SAUL RIESENBERG AS BOWDITCH ISLAND TYP... more
    1. WOODEN CONTAINER WITH LID, APPARENTLY CARVED FROM A SINGLE PIECE OF WOOD. THE SIDES OF THE CONTAINER HAVE SMALL LUGS WITH HOLES IN THEM, A THIRD LUG IS ON THE LID. A COCONUT FIBER CORD PASSES THROUGH THE HOLES IN THESE LUGS, SECURING THE LID. HAS ORIGINAL PEALE TAG. "WM. RICH, JANUARY 30, 1841" WRITTEN ON BOTTOM. EXHIBITED MAGNIFICENT VOYAGERS, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, 1985-86. IDENTIFIED BY SAUL RIESENBERG AS BOWDITCH ISLAND TYPE. FROM CARD: "PEALE CATALOG SAYS "SMALL BASKET MADE OF WOOD BY THE KINGSMILL ISLANDERS" (=GILBERTS). There appears to be some confusion on the cultural designation for this object. Peale catalogue indicates it is from Kingsmill Islanders. Anthropology ledger book lists locality as Bowditch I. Anthropology catalogue card lists it as "Bowditch Island Fakaofo - Tokelau Group or Gilbert Is.?" Former curator Saul Riesenberg called it Bowditch Island type. Object appears to resemble other boxes listed as from Tokelau and so has been left stored with them. On p. 18 of National Institute for the Promotion of Science, Washington, D.C. A Popular Catalogue of the Extraordinary Curiosities In the National Institute, Arranged In the Building Belonging to the Patent Office. Washington: A. Hunter, 1855, Peale # 627 is identified as "Spice box from Bowditch Island. 8 Aug 2016. less