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Object ID 001413

Object Name High Life Brand coffee box

Object Desc Cardboard box with print on all side, except bottom. "High Life Brand" coffee by Jewett & Sherman Co.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001879

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Coffee/Tea


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 4, Shelf 12

Object Date

Start Year Range 1870s

End Year Range

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords Jewett & Sherman Company,coffee,beverages,boxes,High Life Coffee,

Title High Life Brand coffee box

Description Cardboard box for High Life Brand Coffee. Print on all sides except bottom. Paper is brown. On front and back sides, "High Life" in red text. Rest of text in green "Square Carton / Steel Cut / Coffee / Roasted and Packed by / Jewett & Sherman Co. / Milwaukee - Wisconsin / Kansas City - Missouri". On top of box is the brand name. On left and right sides is a description of product. Bottom of box is plain, white with a lid that as a tabt o close.


Approx Collection Date

Height 5.5

Length 0

Width 4.5

Depth 3

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 0



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Jewett & Sherman Company

Maker Details In 1867, the Jewett & Sherman Company was established in Milwaukee by Milo Jewett and William Sherman. In 1875, it was incorporated. The business was originally located on East Water Street and was a wholesale purveyor of coffee and spices. In 1875, the company moved to North Broadway in the Third Ward.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1879



Date FEB 6,2014

Summary poor

Assessor BN

Notes Overall, the box is stained and discolored. Edges are yellowed. On the back side at lower left corner there is a hole with loss; looks like rodent activity. There is cellophane tape all over box on edges. There is wear on the edges with small tears. On front side at lower left edge there is loss of paper layer in "Coffee". The back side at top edge and right side at top edge is severely worn with tears vertically. One the bottom there is wear on edges. Paper is dirty and discolored. Creases around tab.


Date FEB 7,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 12 from Room 4 - automatic entry by admin

Date FEB 27,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 4, Shelf 12 from Room 7, Shelf 12 - automatic entry by admin



Date FEB 6,2014

Notes Jewett & Sherman Co. was a manufacturer of coffee and spices. The company was originally located on E. Water Street. Starting in 1875, they were based in Milwaukee's Third Ward on Commission Row in what is known familiarly as the Merchant Mills Building. In 1867, the company was founded by Milo P. Jewett, S.S. Sherman and William Sherman. In the 19th century they were one fo the largest wholesale shippers of coffee and spices.