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Object ID 000053

Object Name Watkins Pure Ground Cloves tin

Object Desc Green metal canister with black writing.The lid is brassy gold color and the bottom is also similar to this color.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000039

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Spices/Flavorings


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit

Object Date

Start Year Range 1895

End Year Range 1922

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords cloves,J. R. Watkins Co.,spices,tins,baking,cooking,Watkins (brand),

Title Watkins Pure Ground Cloves tin

Description The cannister is green in color with the lid and bottom both a brassy color. The writing is in black. The lid is a brassy gold color and the bottom is also similar to this color. There is a pitcure of the manufacturer on the front and back of the can. Front and back are identical, the sides of the can differ.It says, "Watkins Pure Ground Cloves." It also says it was manufactured in Winona, Minnesota.


Approx Collection Date

Height 3.5

Length 1.25

Width 2

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker J. R. Watkins Co.

Maker Details This product was most likely produced between 1895, when they began production of spices and extracts, and 1922. The packaging of the products changed/no longer had his picture.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY000039



Date JAN 24,2013

Summary Fair

Assessor Hannah Lartz

Notes It looks like some sealant, orange-ish in color covers the cans outside. The lid can no longer be removed. The bottom of the can is rusty and dirty. Where the lid meets the cannister also shows signs of distress, rust, dirt collecting. It is also where the orange-ish potential sealant is most obvious against the bare metal of the can.