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Object ID 001460

Object Name Monarch Coffee jar

Object Desc Glass jar with metal lid. Paper label on front. Embossed chevron design on sides. On back in embossed logo for Monarch Finer Foods.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001891a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Coffee/Tea


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 4, Shelf 7

Object Date 1940s

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords coffee,Monarch Coffee,Reid, Murdoch & Company,jars,beverages,

Title Monarch Coffee jar

Description Glass jar with metal lid. A- Screw-on lid. Cream color. B- jar is square with rounded corners. Paper label on front with logo just above center. Text reads, "Monarch / Vacuum Packed / Coffee / Contents 3 Pounds / Reid, Murdoch & Co. / Established 1853 / Chicago, ILL. U.S.A.". On left and right sides there is a chevron pattern embossed in the glass. On back of jar is embossed logo. Lion at center with "Monarch Finer Foods" around it. On bottom, jar has textured pattern with maker's mark at left.


Approx Collection Date

Height 8

Length 0

Width 5.75

Depth 5.75

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details with lid

Quantity 0



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Reid, Murdoch & Company

Maker Details

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1891a-b



Date FEB 13,2014

Summary poor

Assessor BN

Notes A- Lid has series of scratches across top with loss of paint layer. Edges are worn with paint loss. Dents in top of lid. Circular discoloration near center of lid. Interior of lid is scratched. Tarnished on edges. Wear around interior edge from jar. B- There were coffee beans inside the jar - removed. The interior of the jar is discolored, white, and stained from the beans. On exterior of jar there is a white paint mark at left near top. Label on front is discolored and worn. Brown stains at right of label. Loss at bottom edge of label. The threads at top of jar are dirty - can't be removed with cloth. On bottom of jar, circular marks on glass, possible manufactuer error. Light scratches on interior and exterior of glass.


Date FEB 13,2014

Summary Status change

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

Date FEB 13,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 4, Shelf 7 from Dr. Joseph Eisenberg Exhibit - automatic entry by admin



Date FEB 13,2014

Notes Reid, Murdoch, & Co. was located in Chicago, IL, but founded in Dubuque, IA in 1853. It operated until 1945 when it was sold to Sprague Warner-Kenny Corporation.