Milk Can

Two-gallon cylindrical milk can with wide, wire-rimmed hoops or bands soft-soldered at top and base of body, and a reinforced, high-arched strap handle attached to the lower half of the two-piece neck and to the top hoop; no cover. Made in six parts, the two-piece neck and conical shoulder are are joined by a soft-soldered folded seam, while the shoulder, two-piece body and flat bottom are joined by reinforced folded seams; neck, shoulder and body each have folded vertical seams. No marks.
Currently not on view
Object Name
can, milk
date made
late 19th or early 20th century
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
iron wire (rims material)
overall: 15 3/4 in x 8 5/8 in x 8 1/2 in; 40.005 cm x 21.9075 cm x 21.59 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
Group 1
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Group 1
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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