Object ID 000920
Object Name Bigelow Varnish Co. Floor Varnish
Object Desc Tall metal container of floor varnish, with a handle and a side pourer with cap. Manufactured by Bigelow varnish Co. 1 gallon. Container is empty.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY000836
General Category History
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location Hardware Store
Start Year Range
End Year Range
Status On Exhibit
Object Keywords Bigelow Varnish Co.,varnish,wood care,floor finish,
Title Bigelow Varnish Co. Floor Varnish
Description Tall rectangular metal container with a metal handle and a circular side pourer. Pourer has a cork material cap which does not come off. Handle has incription "Bigelow Varnish Co. Newark, NJ". Front is almost completely by a colorful paper label. Colors present as background are red, yellow and light green. The writings are either in black or cream. Label says "The Bigelow Varnish Co. Permanent Floor Varnish", followed by "Manufacturers of Fine Varnishes and Japans". There are two red and yellow cricles to each side of that, the one on the right says "Established 1845", and the one on the left "Office and Factory Newark. N.J.". The right side has a tan paper label with black writing covering the upper half. It has some further info on the product and directions for use (quite hard to read though). The back and left side are clear. The metal there is mainly a dark greenigh grey. The bottom and top and coming on the sides a bit too, are a bright silver color, which was painted later on.
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Unit of Measure Inches/ounces
Dimension Details Above height if for the tin only. If includedthe cap (highest point) total height is 12.25 inches. The handle is 3.5 inches long and 1 inch high. The side pourer with the attached cap is 1.75 inches high. Cap has a diameter of 1.5 inches and a circumference of 5 inches
Place of Origin
Maker Bigelow Varnish Co.
Maker Details Newark, NJ. Owned by Moses Bigelow (1800-1874), who was a varnish manufacturer, the business enduring for two generations. He also invested in railroads as early as 1835, firmly believing that rail transportation would play a large part in the development of commerce throughout the country.He was also elected Newark's mayor, serving from 1856 through five terms.
Date AUG 23,2013
Assessor Samanta Pugh
Notes The exposed unpainted metal parts are no longer the original silver color, they are a dark greenish grey. They also present a good amount of rust on several areas.The top and bottom are painted a bright silver, also coming up on the sides a bit. This silver portion has several black spots all throughout, as well as scratches. This paint line is not very even. Some paint also stained the cork. Cork is in good condition, but cannot be removed without possible damage. The front label is covered on several spots by dark stains. It also has a few scratches that reveal the metal underneth. Writings can still be read clearly. The side label has even more dark stains everywhere, making the reading quite difficult. It also has several scratches that teared the label off revealing the metal. Container is empty.