Coffee Canister

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Conical- or steeple-top, japanned canister with friction-fit, low-domed cover; front of canister body is gilt-stenciled "COFFEE" amidst foliate scrolls; one pound size. Canister is made in four pieces, the collar and conical shoulder have soft-soldered lapped seams, cylinder has a vertical folded seam, and the flat bottom is folded onto sides. Cover top is folded over the soft-soldered side. No marks.
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date made
1850 - 1900
place made
United States
place used
United States: California
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
gold (exterior decoration material)
overall: 8 1/8 in x 4 1/8 in; 20.6375 cm x 10.4775 cm
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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