Milk Pail

Tapered cylindrical pail partially covered by a slanted shield with a square, hinged-lid spout soft-soldered at center that has a brass wire cloth or mesh strainer. Wire bail handle is looped around the ends of the wire reinforcing the rim front; arched, molded strap assist or lifting handle is soft-soldered opposite spout near bottom. Pail made in three parts, the body has two vertical folded seams and the flat bottom has a soft-soldered folded edge. Rim, shield and handle have molded wire edges; all edges of spout and hinge are plain. No marks.
Currently not on view
Object Name
pail, milk
date made
late 19th or early 20th century
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
iron wire (rims; handle material)
brass (strainer material)
overall: 6 7/8 in x 9 5/8 in x 10 in; 17.4625 cm x 24.4475 cm x 25.4 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
Group 1
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Group 1
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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