Gilmore Patent Preserve Can

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Description
Plain, cylindrical container with an inset, handleless cover having a small central depression and rubber ring around its underside; U-shape wire loops or stirrups for holding a sealing lever or clamp are soft soldered at rim on opposite sides. Body is made of one piece with vertical, soft-soldered lapped seam, while the top and flat bottom edges are folded over sides and soldered. No marks. Used with sealing lever or clamp 2014.0004.048, marked "GILMORE" and "PAT'D MAY 11 1858".
Edwin W. Gilmore of North Easton, MA, received his patent for a tinware preserve can on May 11, 1858 (U.S. Patent No. 20,203), six months before John L. Mason patented his glass jar with screw-on metal cover that today bears his name. Gilmore's sealing mechanism consists of a cam lever secured over the cover by placing its ends through the two stirrups or loops along the rim. Pushing or turning the cam down forces the cover onto its rubber ring to produce an air-tight seal.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1858
patent date
1858-05-11
place patented
United States: Massachusetts, North Easton
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
rubber (seal material)
tin (overall material)
iron wire (loops material)
Measurements
overall: 10 9/16 in x 4 1/4 in; 26.82875 cm x 10.795 cm
ID Number
DL.251349.0010
catalog number
251349.0010
accession number
251349
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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