Tea or Spice Scoop

Small, handless, closed-top scoop with a semicircular, wooden back and an angled, flat, semicircular bottom that allows it to sit upright at a 45-degree angle. Cylindrical body has a soft-soldered lapped seam secured with a small rivet; its lower edge is folded over the bottom. Wooden back has a gray-blue printed paper label affixed inside that reads "WARRANTED STEEL / NO 1. / MICHIGAN SCOOP CO, / Battle Creek, Mich." in a variety of serif and sans serif fonts within a geometric border.
The Michigan Scoop Co. of Battle Creek, MI, was founded and incorporated in 1885 by David H. Metcalf. The diminutive size of this scoop suggests it was probably used with tea, spices, or sugar.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1885
Physical Description
steel (sides; bottom material)
tin (sides; bottom material)
wood (back material)
paper, wove (label material)
ink (label material)
overall: 1 1/2 in x 4 1/4 in x 2 3/8 in; 3.81 cm x 10.795 cm x 6.0325 cm
place made
United States: Michigan, Battle Creek
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, Anonymous Gift Fund
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