I’m going to keep my eye out for a Hannah Davis bandbox–a peace offering to my sister, perhaps. Wild with decoration, yet simple in form and function, they strike the halfway point between my world and hers: They’re pretty neat.
Catherine Riedel represents Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers of Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts. 617-350-5400, 508-970-3000; skinnerinc.com
Vermont’s Shelburne Museum (open mid-May to mid-October) and the Melville Academy Museum (open Saturday and Sunday afternoons in July and August) in Jaffrey Center, New Hampshire, boast fine collections of Hannah Davis bandboxes. For more information, visit: shelburnemuseum.org and jcvis.org