"Duck Shooting Gun Powder" Tin

Red-painted, corrugated cylindrical retail tin for "DUCK SHOOTING GUN POWDER" made by the Hazard Powder Company of Hazardville, CT. Container is made of three pieces, body and inset, molded ends, all joined by folded seams. One end has a small circular opening with flat metal cap and the other bears a large, circular, lithographed white paper label depicting a duck standing in tall grass at center as a dog looks on in the left background, the scene bordered by product information; a few numbers and letters are scratched at top right. No other marks. Gunpowder inside. Two small holes at sides of cap are for wire loop.
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Object Name
tin, gunpowder
date made
ca 1850
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
metal, white (cap material)
paper, wove (label material)
ink (label material)
gunpowder (contents material)
overall: 7 5/8 in x 6 1/4 in; 19.3675 cm x 15.875 cm
place made
United States: Connecticut, Hazardville
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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