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Object ID 001197

Object Name Crystalized Ginger

Object Desc An empty orange, gold and black tin box with hinged lid that was made by the Walter M. Hatch and Co.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001025

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Food Containers


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords ginger,Walter M. Hatch and Co.,spices,tins,baking,cooking,

Title Crystallized Ginger

Description This is an empty tin box that used to contain Crystallized Ginger. It was made by the Walter M. Hatch Co. The lid is hinged on the box. The main label is on top of the lid. It says in gold words on a black background Crystallized Ginger. Surrounding the rest of the tin box is an orange background with gold and black leaf designs. On the top of the box below the title is the maker Walter M. Hatch and Co. There are two gold circles one is in the upper right had corner with three P's in the middle. The other is in the lower left hand corner with 3 F's in the middle. Surrounding the sides of the box is gold and black leaf designs and golden flowers. The bottom of the tin box is blank.


Approx Collection Date

Height 1.25

Length 6

Width 4

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details the lid of the box is .25 inches in height.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Walter M. Hatch and Co.

Maker Details I could not find anything about the company. Crystallized Ginger has a long history and was mentioned in the writings of Marco Polo, spoken of in the Jewish Talmud, and Henry the VIII suggested it as a remedy against the plague. Urban legend even has some folks saying that it helps alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness on boats. The English have been known to use it as an after dinner snack and it can also be added to a cup of tea. It is most frequently used in desserts and baked goods but it is also used chopped up as a condiment with curry, minced and served with chutney, cream cheese and fruit desserts or mixed with soy sauce for vegetables and egg rolls.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001025



Date JAN 11,2014

Summary Good

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes A lot of scratches and a lot of edgewear on the tin box. Some rust.