Box, Pounce

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Description Treenware pounce box of turned and carved wood. Bowl-shaped top with rounded edged rim at center bounce holes at top in star formation. On bottom pasted a blue piece of paper stating: S. Murdock 1850. Still retains some of the pounce inside.

The donor recorded that this pounce box had been used by Edward Eastman, the first mayor of Oshkosh.

Pounce boxes, sometimes called sanders, were once common tools when writing was done with quill or dip pens. Paper used during those times didn't absorb ink very fast and the dip pens often left excess ink. To keep the ink from smearing a way was needed to blot or dry the ink faster. Prior to blotting paper being invented in 1856, this sanding method was used. A fine sand was sprinkled on the ink; after absorbing and drying the ink, the sand was poured back into the sander to be used again. That is why pounce boxes have a bowl-like top.

Treenware is used to describe small hand carved and turned items. The word treen is an old English word for wood.

Dimensions H-2.75 W-3 D-3 inches
Year Range from 1840
Year range to 1860
Material Wood
Object ID 372-2
Object Name Box, Pounce
People Eastman, Edward
Used Eastman, Edward
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