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Object ID 000918

Object Name Du Pont Varnish Container

Object Desc Tall rectangular metal container with handle and pourer containing Du Pont Varnish. One half gallon. Liquid content still inside.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000834

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 Du Pont Co.,varnish,wood care,

Title Du Pont Varnish Container

Description Tall rectangular shape metal container with a yellow paper label. Metal exposed portions on top and bottom are painted brown. There is handle and a circular pourer opening that is closed with a cap made of a cork top. Cap cannot be removed. Paper label has a yellow background with white boarders. Writings and pictures are black and white. Front says "Du Pont Varnish", then "Finest Quality Varnishes & Finishes Quick-Drying". Inside a white boarder rectangle is "4 ALL". Then "E. I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co. Incorporated Wilmington, Delaware, made in U.S.A.". Right side has a picture of the company's plant and "Du Pont" on the center. Left side has a different picture of the company's plant placed vertically and "U.S. Standard One Half Gallon". The back has directions of use for different surfaces and a note of caution listed inside a white boarder square. Below is "1793 - Born with the Republic - 1802, Du Pont Paints and Varnishes".


Approx Collection Date

Height 7.75

Length 0

Width 4.25

Depth 4.25

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Height above is including the side pourer. Height of the tin alone is 6.75 inches. Cap has a diameter of 1.5 inches. Handle is 3.25 inches long and 1 inch wide.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker E. I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co.

Maker Details Du Pont is a public American chemical company that was founded in July 1802 as a gunpowder mill by Eleuthère Irénée du Pont and headquarted in Wilmington, Delaware. The company grew quickly, and by the mid 19th century had become the largest supplier of gunpowder to the United States military, supplying half the powder used by the Union Army during the American Civil War. In the 20th century, DuPont developed many polymers such as Vespel, neoprene, nylon, Corian, Teflon, Mylar, Kevlar, Zemdrain, M5 fiber, Nomex, Tyvek, Sorona and Lycra. Du Pont was the world's third largest chemical company based on market capitalization and ninth based on revenue in 2012. The company has been involved in several controversies, and has been accused of adding to air and water pollution.

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Date AUG 22,2013

Summary Fair

Assessor Samanta Pugh

Notes The metal portion on the top and the rim have some rust. There are some spots to the left of the pourer and handle along the boarder where some raised up texture spots are present, maybe from paint accumulation. The handle has some dents along the top. The cap on the side pourer cannot be removed, but it leaks when container is turned. The lid's cork material has a larger and some small cracks on. The bottom has some minor scratches on the brown paint. The paper label is quite dirty, it has several black smudges throughout and some white, dark brown and black stains as well. The label also has scratches on several spots. Two perforated marks are purposely made on the right side above Du Pont, but cannot be quite read. There are stain marks originating from the side pourer all the way down caused by the inside liquid. A name, possibly "John Granger", is written accross the front left part. The paper label is tearing along the edges on the top and bottom, mainly on the front top part.