Spice Tin

Small, square, japanned container with a pyramidal or angled, hinged lid gilt stenciled "CLOVES" on top. Lid is made of one piece, cut and folded, with small clasp on front, molded bracket strap handle on top, and two hinges at back. Box consists of one piece for the sides with a folded rim and raised bead below, and an attached flat bottom with folded edge. Stenciled decoration faded and barely visible.
Currently not on view
Object Name
canister, spice
date made
mid 19th to early 20th century
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
gold (exterior decoration material)
overall: 8.2 cm; 3 1/4 in
overall: 2 3/4 in x 3 1/4 in x 3 1/8 in; 6.985 cm x 8.255 cm x 7.9375 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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