Percussion Cap Tin

Small, cylindrical, japanned retail tin bearing a circular, white paper label printed (in black) "100 / No. 11 / Caps" on its underside. Friction-fit cover and container are made in two pieces and lined with leather, the flat cover top and flat container bottom folded over the soft-soldered lapped seam sides. Both cover and container have plain edges, the container with a raised bead below.
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Object Name
tin, percussion cap
date made
1850 - 1890
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
asphaltum (exterior decoration material)
paper, wove (label material)
ink (label material)
overall: 3/4 in x 1 5/8 in; 1.905 cm x 4.1275 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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