Stove Polish


Circular cake of black-leading or graphite-based blacking and polishing paste in a patented, paddle-shaped, wooden box with swing or pivoting lid. Red and yellow printed paper labels on top of lid and around upper sides of body; side label includes instructions for use.

Edward M. Gates of Watertown, NY, received U.S. Patent No. 118,924 on September 12, 1871 for his "Improvement in the Construction of Blacking-Boxes". Gates's drawing shows the swing lid pivoting at the neck versus top.

Date Made: 1871 or laterDate Made: 1871-09-12

Maker: American Chemical Manufacturing Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Stove Polish Paste Made: United States: New York, RochesterPlace Box Patented: United States: New York, WatertownPlace Used: Canada: Ontarian

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Credit Line: Gift of David H. Shayt

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1985.0963.01Accession Number: 1985.0963Catalog Number: 1985.963.01

Object Name: polish, stove

Physical Description: wood (box material)graphite (polish material)paper (labels material)ink (labels material)Measurements: overall: 7/8 in x 7 5/8 in x 3 3/4 in; 2.2225 cm x 19.3675 cm x 9.525 cm


Record Id: nmah_323701

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