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Man's valise: John A. Stevens

Object Name: Bag
Date: 1840-1880
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Medium: Leather, linen, metal
Dimensions: Overall: 12 3/4 x 15 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. ( 32.4 x 38.7 x 6.4 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Brown leather bag (valise) with two leather handles, it has a metal frame and is hinged at the bottom and has a two-sided boxed bottom which is collapsible, the inside is lined with linen and when opened, there are two compartments with a linen envelope on the divider.
Object Number: INV.8514
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Marks: handwritten: on bottom: "John A. Stevens. / No. 17 East 22d. St." printed: center, inside on divider: "E. C. SPRUHAN & CO. / TRUNK / MANUFACTURERS. / No. 856 BROADWAY, / Near 14th Street NEW YORK / The Largest and Best Stock in the City always on hand."

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This valise belonged to either John A. Stevens (1795-1874), the banker, or his son by the same name (1827-1910), financier and author.