Tea Canister

Japanned oval canister with friction-fit, flat cover. Canister is painted with a wide, white band around top containing circular red fruits or flowers alternating with right-leaning, lobed, triangular green leaves; black veins and overstrokes in sets of three. Yellow dot-and-drop border below, penciling at base, and brushstroke groups or leaflets on shoulder and cover. Canister is made in four pieces, the collar and body have soft-soldered lapped seams; the rounded shoulder and flat bottom have folded edges. No marks. Decoration flaking; overall losses.
Attributed to the Pennsylvania Filley Tinshop of Philadelphia, PA, circa 1818-1853.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1820-1860
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 4 1/8 in x 3 7/16 in x 2 5/8 in; 10.4775 cm x 8.73125 cm x 6.6675 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
catalog number
accession 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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