Milk Can

Small, dark blue-painted, cylindrical cream or milk can with low-domed cover and molded strap handle attached at rim of tall neck and base of squat, conical shoulder. Can is made in four pieces, the neck, shoulder and flat bottom are joined by folded seams, while the shoulder and body have a reinforced folded seam; neck and shoulder each have a vertical, soft-soldered lapped seam and the body has a vertical folded seam. 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)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 5 1/2 in x 3 7/8 in x 3 1/8 in; 13.97 cm x 9.8425 cm x 7.9375 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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