Signed by the Owner Tin Ware Document Box

 Signed by the owner on the base, “Thomas Gallway’s Property.” A hand painted tole tin ware rectangular document box with arched lid and ring handle, two piece hinged latch. Japanned tin box shows bronze base color under thin black surface, most notable on the back and lid. Hand painted design includes symmetrical yellow and red foliage on box lid and repeat pattern of red berries and yellow leaves sprinkled with repeat pattern of yellow dots, all suspended from a vermillion band decorated with white foliage encompassing three sides of the box. The berries appear to be applied by finger tip while the foliage demonstrates expert brushwork. Expected wear to black surface. Red and yellow designs on box sides in attractive condition. Exterior base reveals the inscription “ Thomas Gallway’s Property.” More images available on request.
Although it is uncertain where this box was made, census records indicate two Thomas Gallways.
The first was born in 1793 to John Gallway (son of Thomas Gallway) and Mary Rainy. This family resided in Cambridge, Washington County, New York. Grandfather Thomas was a teacher. Records show that young Thomas, age 27, was living in Cambridge in 1820.
The second Thomas Gallway was a laborer who came from Ireland with his wife Hannah, and settled in New London, Connecticut. This Thomas was 49 years old at the time of the 1870 census.

Dealer Noonmark Antiques
Date: Mid nineteenth century
Origin unknown
Artist/Maker unknown
Measurements Height 4 x Width 8 x Depth 3
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Price SOLD
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