Gunpowder Tin

Screw-top, flattened oval, japanned container with a small, milled-edge, spool-shape cap. Faint traces of gilt-stenciled letters in three lines are visible on one side; only part of second line is legible "[?]PLE POWDER". Made in three pieces, the body has one vertical folded seam at side and the low-domed, stepped shoulder and flat bottom have folded edges. Cast threaded opening is soldered at top center. No marks.
Currently not on view
Object Name
tin, gunpowder
date made
1855 - 1895
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
metal, white (cap and opening material)
paint (exterior decoration material)
overall: 4 3/8 in x 3 1/4 in x 1 1/4 in; 11.1125 cm x 8.255 cm x 3.175 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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