Tea Canister

Japanned, conical- or steeple-top canister with friction-fit, low-domed cover; painted "Spice" in yellow cursive script on its shoulder above three, oval, red buds shaded with white and alizarin overstrokes and crosshatched in yellow, all on short red stems above green serrated-edge leaves with white main veins and yellow side veins. Three yellow brushstroke groups around base of shoulder and one on cover. Canister is made in four pieces: collar has a soft-soldered lapped seam, conical shoulder and cylindrical body have folded vertical seams, and the flat bottom has a folded edge. No marks.
Attributed to the New York Filley Tinshop, started by Augustus Filley (1789-1945), of Lansingburgh, NY, circa 1814-1870.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1814 - 1870
Physical Description
tinned sheet iron (overall material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 8 1/8 in x 3 3/16 in; 20.6375 cm x 8.09625 cm
place made
United States: New York, Lansingburgh
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Domestic Furnishings
Group 1
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Group 1
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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