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Object ID 001208

Object Name Watkins Pepper Can

Object Desc An empty tin can that used to contain pepper made by the J.R. Watkins Co.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001045a-b

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 1930s

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords pepper,J. R. Watkins Co.,spices,cooking,tins,Watkins (brand),

Title Watkins Pepper Can

Description An empty black, white, and yellow tin can with indented cover that use to contain pepper made by the J.R. Watkins Co. The cover does not have any color, but has 10 holes so to spill out the pepper when it was being used. The front label of the can has a yellow and black background like a bee. It says Watkins Pepper Purest Granulated. Then there is an image of J.R. Watkins and his name written below it. It is patent by the US. Near the bottom it says its net weight is 8 oz. On the bottom part of the front label it says the company name and the four locations. On the back the label is somewhat the same. In the middle it states that some of the products that recieved awards at the International Exposition and its quality guarantee is listed. The right side label has the brand name and company on the top and bottom. Written vertically is details on how the spices are founded an made. The left side is another product guarantee made by the company. It has the brand name and company.


Approx Collection Date

Height 4.75

Length 3

Width 2

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details The cover is 2.75 x 1.75.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker J. R. Watkins Co.

Maker Details In 1868, working out of his Plainview, Minn., home, J.R. Watkins made the one-of-a-kind pain reliever with camphor from evergreen trees and capsicum from red peppers. Watkins first introduced the Trial-Mark Bottle and America’s first money-back guarantee in 1869. Relying on door-to-door sales, Watkins gave customers a risk-free way to try his products by adding a molded trial mark to each bottle. By 1895 The expanded line up included Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Ginger, Cloves, Peppermint Extract, and Lemon Extract. In 1928 J.R.Watkins Company wins gold medals at the International Exposition for its Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon and Black Pepper medals you can still see on our packaging today. The company still exists today and uses many of the same products that it started out with.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001045a-b



Date JAN 13,2014

Summary Very Good

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes The can is in ver good condition. It has some scratches and wear on the edges. It is also a bit tarnished.


Date JAN 13,2014

Summary Status change

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

Date JAN 13,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit from H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit - automatic entry by admin