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Object ID 001415

Object Name Tone Brothers Coffee tin

Object Desc Rectangular coffee tin with metal top and bottom and orange cardboard sides. Has lid.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001880a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Coffee/Tea


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 4, Shelf 11

Object Date

Start Year Range 1906

End Year Range

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords coffee,Tone Brothers Coffee,tins,cans,beverages,

Title Tone Brothers Coffee tin

Description Rectangular coffee can. Metal lid and top, bottom of can is metal. Sides are cardboard, orange with printed text and graphics. On front and back has "Tone Bros" at top. Below is image of cannon. At bottom, "Old Golden / Coffee / Des Moines, Iowa / Established 1873". On left side is description of prodcut at bottom has serial no. 6826. On right side are recipes.


Approx Collection Date

Height 6.5

Length 0

Width 4.25

Depth 2.75

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details includes lid

Quantity 0



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Tone Brothers

Maker Details

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1880



Date FEB 6,2014

Summary poor

Assessor BN

Notes A- lid is tarnished. Scratches on both sides. B- can is worn. Top metal part is tarnished and scratched. Bottom of can has light scratches. dent to left of center. Brown discoloration. Cardboard sides are worn. Looks like a varnish was painted on it, drip marks at bottom edge. Piece of paper adhered to front above "Coffee". On back, there is a tear across paper starting at upper left corner. Packing tape is placed over tear and the majority of the back of can. Creased at edges. Tears along right edge. Inside, paper is discolored. Back, interior side has duct tape where tear is.


Date FEB 7,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 4, Shelf 11 from Room 4 - automatic entry by admin



Date FEB 6,2014

Notes Jehiel and I.E. Tone start their spice and coffee business in 1873 in Des Moines, IA. In 1894, they begin to sell ready-roasted, unground coffee. In 1918, they begin using tin cans instead of paper.