Laundry Sprinkler

Metal containers such as these were commonly used in the late 19th and early 20th by Chinese immigrants in the laundry business. A water and starch mix were sprinkled onto clothes for ironing.
Chinese immigration to the United States was driven by the need for cheap labor during the mining and railroad boom of the 1850s. Chinese soon moved into other industries such as agriculture and laundry services.
Currently not on view
Object Name
sprinkler, laundry
Date made
ca 1900
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
overall: 4 1/2 in x 8 5/8 in x 4 in; 11.43 cm x 21.9075 cm x 10.16 cm
Place Made
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Home and Community Life: Occupations
Cultures & Communities
Artifact Walls exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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