Milk Can

Two-quart milk can with reinforced, tapered strap side handle and neck topped by a circular flat-top cover with arched strap handle; clipped-corner rectangular brass tags stamped "C. JEWETT" are soldered to breast and cover. Can made in four pieces: a wire-rimmed neck, conical breast and cylindrical body, all with folded seams, and a flat bottom; all joined by folded seams with a soft-soldered lapped-seam band added at neck. Cover has folded edge and lapped seam collar. Both handles have wire-reinforced, rolled-over edges and are soldered in place. Four dots of solder for feet on bottom underside of can. No other marks.
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Object Name
can, milk
date made
ca 1900
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
wire, iron (rims material)
brass (tags material)
overall: 10 1/8 in x 6 1/8 in x 5 1/4 in; 25.7175 cm x 15.5575 cm x 13.335 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
catalog number
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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