Tea Canister

Oval, japanned tea canister or caddy with circular opening, painted black with yellow brushwork on the rounded shoulder, a band of red and green chevron strokes at top of body, yellow penciling at base, and a yellow band around the friction-fit, flat cover. 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: 4 3/8 in x 3 5/8 in x 2 1/2 in; 11.1125 cm x 9.2075 cm x 6.35 cm
place made
United States: Eastern 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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