Tea Canister

Oval, japanned tea canister or caddy with circular opening; painted black with bunches of shaded red grapes or berries and leafy green stems on front and back, yellow scallops on the rounded shoulder and flat cover top, and yellow bands on cover sides. Friction-fit cover, container and collar have soft-soldered lapped seams; cover top, shoulder and flat bottom have folded edges. No marks.
Currently not on view
Object Name
canister, tea
date made
ca 1820 - 1860
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 6 1/4 in x 4 3/4 in x 3 1/4 in; 15.875 cm x 12.065 cm x 8.255 cm
place made
United States
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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