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Object Name: Trinket box
Date: 1939
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Medium: Porcelain
Dimensions: Overall: 2 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. (5.7 x 11.4 x 9.5 cm)
Place made: United States, Trenton
Description: Molded blue porcelain trinket box with separate lid; streamlined design; bottom with molded fluting at corners and five raised stars at center front and back; top with molded sunrays streaming from upper right corner and molded Trylon and Perisphere (in white) in lower left corner.
Credit Line: Gift of Suzanne Mingo
Object Number: 2008.30.2
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Marks: Marked in green decal on bottom: "OFFICIALLY APPROVED N.Y.W.F., INC., LIC. 1789 L [script, in wreath] 1939 LENOX MADE IN U.S.A. DESIGNED IN HONOR OF NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR OVINGTON'S NEW YORK"

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This box is a high-end souvenir from the 1939 World's Fair held at Flushing Meadow, Queens. Unlike the typical mass-produced souvenirs that survive in great number, these boxes feature fine materials, sleek design, and a rarefied retail history. The boxes were made by Lenox China of Trenton, New Jersey, expressly for Ovington's, a high-end china importer located on Fifth Avenue and 39th Street. During the 1930s, Lenox was synonymous with elegant tableware, having designed and manufactured the official White House services for the Wilson (1918) and Franklin D. Roosevelt (1934) administrations.