Molasses Cup

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Small, japanned, conical pitcher with an inset, V-shaped spout covered by a rounded, hinged lid connected to the tapered strap handle by a long triangular arm ending in a tiny scroll. Handle is soft-soldered to body at rim and vertical folded seam; flat bottom with folded edge. Later varnish or coating obscures decoration, which features a large, circular red flower below the spout flanked by two smaller buds, all three accented with curved, candy-striped white and alizarin overtones and surrounded by opposing groups of green and yellow leaflets. No marks.
Attributed to the Connecticut Filley Tinshop of Bloomfield, CT, circa 1800-1846.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1800-1846
place made
United States: Connecticut, Bloomfield
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
iron wire (rim material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 4 3/8 in x 4 11/16 in x 3 in; 11.1125 cm x 11.90625 cm x 7.62 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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Data Source
National Museum of American History