Tea Canister

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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
date made
1820 - 1850
place made
United States
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
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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