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Object ID 000794

Object Name Dutch Boy White Lead Paste container

Object Desc Metal black and yellow bucket for Dutch Boy soft paste white lead. Made by National Lead Company.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000721

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Hardware


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Hardware Store

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Dutch Boy (brand),white lead,paint,National Lead Company,lead paint,bucket,

Title Dutch Boy White Lead Paste container

Description Metal bucket with handle for Dutch Boy white lead. Colors are black and yellow. Front says "Strictly Pure" on a yellow background and black lettering. Then there is a pictute of the Dutch boy in yellow sitting on a ledge and painting. Right below it says "Dutch Boy" in script yellow, then "Soft Paste White Lead" in black lettering on a yellow background. To the right of the boy "25 lbs. net", and to the left a warning about the product's compounds. On the back, on a yellow painted background and black lettering, the product's name is repeated followed by painting instructions. Below that "National Lead Company" "General Offices - New York, NY". Bottom is also painted black. Bucket's interior and handle are of plain metal color.


Approx Collection Date

Height 6

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 6.25

Circumference 20.5

Weight 0

Unit of Measure

Dimension Details Above diameter and circumference are for the bottom. Diameter of the opening is 7.5 inches.Circumference near opening is 23 inches.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker National Lead Company

Maker Details The National Lead Company began in Philadelphia in 1772. Several lead manufacturers banded together and incorporated as the National Lead Company in 1891. The company has been well known for its white-lead paints, sold since 1907 under the Dutch Boy label. Over the 20th century, the company has produced many other products, including titanium dioxide paint, atomic bomb elements, and ball-bearing slides. National Lead Company changed its name to NL Industries in 1971 and its base remains in Houston, Texas.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY721



Date JUN 5,2013

Summary Fair

Assessor Samanta Pugh

Notes Handle is still attached and functional. All writing is clearly readable. There are scratches of various sizes and dirt smudges all throughout the bucket's surface. There is also rust present on the surface, particularly concentrated near the top and bottom portions. The bottom part has plenty of scratches and dirt stains. White paint stain right above "25 lbs". The rim is also rusted and scratched plenty. The interior also has scratches all around and rust mainly on the bottom interior.