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Object ID 000921

Object Name Wheeler Varnish Works Rock Floor Finish

Object Desc Tall red metal container with a gold handle and side pourer with cap of Rock Floor Finish. Manufactured by Wheeler Varnish Works. Container is empty.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000837

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 Wheeler Varnish Works,varnish,floor finish,wood care,

Title Wheeler Varnish Works Rock Floor Finish

Description Tall rectangular metal container painted red with gold and black writing and designs. Handle on top is painted gold and says "Wheeler Varnish Works Chicago". Circular side pourer has a non-removable twist gold cap with the company's logo on. Front says inside gold boarders "Wheeler Varnish Works" in gold and black followed by the company's logo inside a cricle. Then, "Rock Floor Finish" in gold inside a black background rectangle with gold edges. Below that "Chicago, U.S.A.". In very small letters below that it says "American Can Co. 68-A". Both sides have further description and advantages of the product. The back has a full body color picture of a women in a blue shirt and brownish skirt wearing a white apron and holding the product. To her left "It works Easy as Oil", then the logo, "Rock Floor Finish", "Dries Hard as a Rock and Wears like Iron", "Wheeler Varnish Works Chicago, USA". Bottom is clear silver metal.


Approx Collection Date

Height 9.5

Length 0

Width 6.25

Depth 4

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Above height is for the tin only. With the handle (highest point) the height increases to 10.75 inches. Handle is 4 inches long and 1.25 inches high. Side pourer's cap is 0.75 inches high, and has a diameter of 1.5 inches and a circumference of 5 inches.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Wheeler Varnish Works

Maker Details Chicago

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY837



Date AUG 23,2013

Summary Fair

Assessor Samanta Pugh

Notes The red paint on the container has several scratches all throughout, some which reveal the metal color underneath. A good amount of rust is also present on many spots on the tin's main surfaces, sides, bottom and top. There are also many black stains on the red surface. Handle and cap were painted gold, but we can tell the handle used to be red. Black smudges and a little rust are also seen on those. Around the side pourer and coming down from it, there are stains caused by the product leaking and accumulation. The logo sign on the back cannot be distinguished, it is covered in rust. Despite the condition, most of the writing can still be read, except a little part on the note on the right side.