Tea Canister

Japanned, oval tea canister with friction-fit, flat cover. Canister front is painted with a left-facing flower shaded or fingered-off in white, red, and yellow with black details on a slender, red-dotted yellow stem with yellow-veined green leaves and green and yellow leaflets; three small red-dotted white buds above. 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, and the slightly rounded shoulder and flat bottom have folded edges. No marks.
Attributed to the Harvey Filley Tinshop of Philadelphia, PA, circa 1818-1853.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1818 - 1853
Physical Description
tinned sheet iron (overall material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 5 3/8 in x 3 3/8 in x 2 3/4 in; 13.6525 cm x 8.5725 cm x 6.985 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
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accession number
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Group 1
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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