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Object ID # 1959.002.068
Object Name Tin
Title Japan Tea Storage Bin
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Date Likely late 19th-century
Made made for Eby, Blain Co. Ltd.
Place of Origin Toronto
Description This is a store-sized tea bin. It is tinware, with printed paper trim on the exterior panels. The top of the tin has a sloping front hinged lid, that has a semi-circular lift ring. The lid has "ANCHOR / BRAND" printed on its paper trim. The front panel is also paper-trimmed with a fancy margin line and a large two-fluked anchor motif. "ANCHOR BRAND / SPRING PICKINGS / JAPAN TEA / IMPORTED BY / EBY, BLAIN CO. LTD." is printed on this front panel. The two side panels have "TRADEMARK" and "REGISTERED" along with an Oriental notation. The back side has an Oriental design as well. The underside of the bin had repetition of the fancy paper margin.
Formerly numbered 959.2.66 (a duplicated number), it was renumbered in 2010 as 1959.002.068.
Provenance Previously owned by Mrs. William G. Reid, was formerly Miss Jean Givens (born 1899-d. 1991) and grew up on a farm in Holland Township, Grey County. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. James Givens, who married in 1898. Their parents also had lived in Holland Township. Mrs. James Givens was formerly Mary Ann "Minnie" McKay, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John McKay. Mrs. John McKay's father, Mr. William McKay, was a storekeeper at Arnott in Holland Township. In addition to owning a store, he owned the post office and also did tailoring work. His wife was Isabella Murray. In its early days, Arnott was actually called "Murray's Corners".

The bin appears to be a store-sized one. It was made for the Eby, Blain Co. Ltd. This was a Toronto wholesale and importing manufacturing grocery firm that had a grocery catalogue circa 1895.
Collection Commercial Equipment Collection
Material Tin/Paper/Ink/Glue
Dimensions H-42.5 W-27.7 L-27.7 cm
Found Grey County, Ontario
People Givens, James
Function A bulk container, suitable for shipping and storing a quantity of loose tea. A storekeepeer could measure out a quantity and weigh it for a customer and put the required amount into a small paper sack.