Tea Canister

Japanned, oval canister with friction-fit, flat cover. Canister is painted with three decorative borders: a narrow white (appears pale blue) band containing green chevron-stroke leaves and red berries at top; large, transparent white rope strokes with red, green and a few yellow overstrokes accented by yellow dot circles and leaflets below that; and a row of yellow ladle strokes at base. Yellow brushstroke groups on shoulder and cover. Canister is made in four pieces: collar has a soft-soldered lapped seam, body has one vertical folded seam at side, and the rounded shoulder and flat bottom have folded edges. No marks.
Attributed to the North Tinshop of Fly Creek, NY, circa 1790-1841.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1790 - 1841
Physical Description
tinned sheet iron (overall material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 5 5/16 in x 3 3/8 in x 2 1/2 in; 13.49375 cm x 8.5725 cm x 6.35 cm
place made
United States: New York, Fly Creek
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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