Gunpowder Tin

Screw-top, flattened oval container with a milled-edge, flat cap, two raised pointed shields on its rounded shoulders and small D ring soft-soldered to side of body at its vertical lapped seam. Shoulder and flat bottom have soft-soldered folded edges. Threaded opening is soldered in place. No marks.
Currently not on view
Object Name
tin, gunpowder
date made
ca 1840 - 1870
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
iron wire (hanging ring material)
overall: 5 3/8 in x 4 in x 1 7/8 in; 13.6525 cm x 10.16 cm x 4.7625 cm
place made
United States
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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