Tin Pail

This lidded tin pail was in use during the mid-19th century. Tin pails were extremely useful items, able to hold liquids and solids, used as cookware in a pinch, and most commonly as a lunch pail. Due to its cheap price, versatile uses, and ease of transportation, tin ware was often used as a trade good between settlers and Native Americans. The tin pail comes from a collection of over 900 tin related objects given to the Division of Community Life in 1962 by Kenneth E. Jewett.
Physical Description
metal, tin (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 4 3/4 in x 4 1/8 in; 12.065 cm x 10.4775 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Kenneth E. Jewett
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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