Antique tinned iron tea canister or covered jar with raised decoration of objects and symbols depicting Po Ku, otherwise called ‘one hundred antiques' in Chinese culture. The objects and symbols have been stamped into the sheet of tinned iron used to make the jar and there are borders at the top and bottom consisting of bands of cranes (see all photos). There are about 80 symbols depicted on the main body of the jar that are set against a stippled background. Some of the depictions show human figures in Chinese clothing or robes while other objects are commercial boxes with the letter T on them. A couple of jars or vases also have the word ‘TEA’ running diagonally across them. Boats with sails, birds, houses, scorpions, barrels, an umbrella, a whisk brush are also among the images stamped in to the tin (see all photos). The top of the canister is ribbed and its neck and mouth opening are covered with a simple slide cap also made of tinned iron. Patches of tin plating are evident on the interior of the slide cap (see 8th Photo) and also in the interior of the canister.
This tea canister dates from the mid to late 1800s. It is constructed from four pieces of tinned iron: flat round base, main body, ribbed shoulder section and vertical open mouth. Each piece is soldered together using a simple overlapped joint or seam. None of the seams or joints are z-crimped (overlocking z-crimping was perfected in the late 1800s). The domed slide cap is formed from a single piece of tinned iron by hand since it exhibits small stress ridges along its open edge.
The black glossy lacquer paint is not original from what one can tell today. However, it was probably added more than 80 years ago as a way to preserve the canister from rust and moisture. The black lacquer gloss has aged and dulled on the top of the cap and on the ribbed shoulder where it collected dust and soot over many decades. The aged black lacquer adds a nice touch to this antique tea canister. The stamped objects and symbols are visually interesting and display well. So if you are looking for a unusual antique tea canister container with Chinese motifs from about 130 years ago, then make sure you seriously consider this one while it is still available. And as always, this antique tin tea container also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see full Return Policy details farther below).
SIZE & CONDITION: This tin tea canister stands about 8 inches tall and has a body diameter of 4 3/8 inches across. The empty container weighs about 1/2 lbs. The lip is rounded at the top and has an inner opening diameter of 1 11/16 inches across. This canister is in good condition with just a couple of small dents and no holes or heavily rusted areas (see all photos). The largest dent is visible in the last photo where it gentle impacts the outline of a house or structure (see Photo #9). There is some dust and soot in some of the crevices and ribs that could be cleaned if one so wished (do not immerse in water or saturate the painted metal). And as always, if the buyer is not 100% satisfied, then she/he may return this tea canister for a refund (see our refund policy noted below).
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