"Ying Mee" Tea Tin

Squat, cylindrical retail tin with friction-fit, circular cover bearing a hand-colored, lithographed paper label for "YING MEE" and "PRODUCE (sic) IN CANTON CHINA TEA", the lines separated by two Chinese characters in a yellow band encircling a tree peony at center. Cover and container collar and body have soft-soldered lapped seams, while the flat cover top, rounded shoulder and flat bottom are attached with soft-soldered folded edges. No marks.
Currently not on view
Object Name
canister, tea
date made
ca 1875 - 1900
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
paper, wove (label material)
ink (label material)
watercolor (label material)
overall: 2 5/8 in x 4 3/4 in; 6.6675 cm x 12.065 cm
place made
Zhonghua: Guangdong, Guangzhou
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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