"American Extra Gun Powder" Tin

Small, cylindrical retail tin bearing a black letterpress-printed, blue paper label around its body for "AMERICAN EXTRA / GUN POWDER / PREPARED FOR SALE BY / M. GIBSON / Successor to B. Moseley / BOSTON, MASS." Flat top and bottom of container are folded over body, the top cut with a small pouring hole covered by a thin metal strip soldered at its ends under which a removable, triangular metal piece can be slipped to close the container. No other marks. Gunpowder inside.
Currently not on view
Object Name
tin, gunpowder
date made
ca 1835 - 1865
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
paper, wove (label material)
ink (label material)
gunpowder (contents material)
overall: 3 3/8 in x 2 1/4 in; 8.5725 cm x 5.715 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
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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