Tea Canister

Oblong octagonal, japanned canister or caddy with circular opening, painted with pink roses on its sides. Friction-fit cover, container and collar have soft-soldered lapped seams; flat cover top, flat shoulders and flat bottom have folded edges. No marks. Floral decoration heavily worn with significant losses on cover, top, and bottom edge. Cracks at seams.
Currently not on view
Object Name
canister, tea
date made
1800 - 1850
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 6 1/2 in x 4 3/4 in x 3 3/8 in; 16.51 cm x 12.065 cm x 8.5725 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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