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Object ID 002055

Object Name Tetley's India and Ceylon Tea tin

Object Desc Green tin for Tetley's brand India and ceylon tea.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001584

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Coffee/Tea


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit

Object Date

Start Year Range 1890

End Year Range 1930

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords tins,Tetley Tea,tea,beverages,

Title Tetley's India and Ceylon Tea tin

Description Green tin for Tetley's India and ceylon tea. "Fragrant and Delicious. Right side has preparation instructions printed. Back side reads the same as the front. Left side indicates the tin as "Green Label." Cover has the company name and an elephant carrying a package with its trunk.


Approx Collection Date

Height 3

Length 3

Width 3

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Joseph Tetley & Co.

Maker Details In 1871, Tetley took his son Joseph "Junior" into partnership. Business flourished and the company extended its services to include blending and packing. By 1888, the company was ready to take its next major step-an agreement with American agents to distribute Tetley's teas throughout the United States. Though sales of tea in tea bags accounted for only 5% of Tetley's sales by the 1930s, the company accurately pegged them as the future of tea commerce. War interrupted immediate production plans, but the foundation was laid for the launch of the Tetley Tea Bag in Britain in 1953.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1584



Date APR 29,2014

Summary Poor

Assessor Ben Locke

Notes Lots of scratching, scraes, and edgewear on most surfaces. Rust on bottom of the tin. Top cover is very worn.


Date APR 29,2014

Summary Location change

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