This short little lidded canister has hand painted flowers (done in the style of Ransburg) of cream, sage, muted gold and tan on black.
The colors suggest 1930s, 1940s manufacture, and, since these canisters (and their cookie jars) were very popular and made for many years, it is difficult to pinpoint their origin exactly.
This size canister (about 6" tall and 4.25" across) (we're on the road right now, and forgot to measure it before we left, sorry) was originally designed as a keeper of coffee or tea, however, we love to use them for kitty or puppy treats, crayons, to hold packages of garden seeds, sewing supplies, hair barrettes....
This has a white plastic knob on top, which we feel may not be original to it, plus we see that someone has touched up the black paint at some time (you can see overspray on the bottom of the canister). Also, the remains of a sticker/price tag is still on the bottom, we'll remove this before shipping.
This handy size container can be useful not only in the kitchen, but in the garage, potting shed, kid's room, craft room, or even a dressing room.
And, as seen in our final image, some collectors just collect all one size, or one color, or mix them all up!
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