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Object ID 000919

Object Name Standard Varnish Works Floor Varnish

Object Desc Brown metal container with side pourer and cap of Floor Spar Varnish. Manufactured by Standard Varnish Works. 1/4 gallon. Container is empty.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000835

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 Standard Varnish Works,varnish,floor finish,spar varnish,wood care,

Title Standard Varnish Works Floor Varnish

Description Tall rectangular metal container, painted brown, with a circular side pourer and a cap that does not open. On the cap it says "To Open Turn" and an arrow pointing the direction. Paper label around covering almost the entire body of the tin. Label is of a yellow background with some green pattern designs, and writings in black. Front says "Standard Varnish Works" followed by a small picture of a hand holding a stamp that says "Standard" and surrounded on both sides by "New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London - Berlin". Then "Kwikdry 4-hour Floor Spar Varnish", "Quality Since 1870". To the right of this, and going around the back, directions of use are listed. To the left, also going around the back, further information on the uses of the product and its characteristics.


Approx Collection Date

Height 6.5

Length 0

Width 4

Depth 2.75

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Height above refers to the total height including the side pourer. Height of the tin without that is 5.75 inches. Cap has a dimeter of 1.5 inches and a circumference of 5 inches.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Standard Varnish Works

Maker Details Headquarted in New York.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY835



Date AUG 23,2013

Summary Good

Assessor Samanta Pugh

Notes Some rust can be seen on the painted metal portions on the bottom and a little on the top. There is some dirt accumulated near the rims on the top portion. Some minor scratches on the paint are also present. The paint job on the tin is also not evenly done, in some areas, particulalry the bottom and top, a different color can still be perceived underneath the paint and the brush movements can be perceived. Also, around the edges of the label, one can see the natural grey color of the metal. The label is dirty, there are smudges and several black and some brown stains. There are also stains on the label left by the product leaking on both the sides and the back. Small tears are present around the edges of the label and on the back where the label connects. There are two small tears on the label's surface that reveal the silver color underneath. Despite that, writings can be read clearly.


Date AUG 23,2013

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from On Exhibit - automatic entry by admin

Date AUG 23,2013

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Hardware Store from Hardware Store - automatic entry by admin