Also Called :

Round Canisters, Cylindrical Boxes

Rarity :

Very Rare

Age :

Early to Mid 19th Century

Price Range :

$350.-$1,500. Depending on size.

Dimensions :

Left to Right:

4 1/8″ diameter x 4 7/8″ Total Height;  Top: 1 1/8 high; Bottom: 4 1/8″ high

3 3/8″ diameter x 4 1/8″ Total Height;  Top: 1″ high; Bottom: 3 3/8″ high

3 1/4″ diameter x 3 3/4″ Total Height;  Top: 7/8″ high; Bottom: 3 1/4″ high

2 3/4″ diameter x 3 1/8″ Total Height;  Top: 5/8″ high; Bottom: 2 5/8″ high

2 3/8″ diameter x 2 3/4″ Total Height;  Top: 5/8″ high; Bottom: 2 3/8″ high

2″ diameter x 2 1/2″ Total Height;  Top: 3/4″ high; Bottom: 1 7/8″ high

1 7/8″ diameter x 2 1/8″ Total Height;  Top: 5/8″ high; Bottom: 1 5/8″ high

1 3/4″ diameter x 2″ Total Height;  Top: 1/2″ high; Bottom: 1 3/4″ high

1 3/8″ diameter x 1 1/2″ Total Height;  Top: 1/2″ high; Bottom: 1 1/8″ high

1 3/8″ diameter x 1 1/2″ Total Height;  Top: 1/2″ high; Bottom: 1 1/4″ high

Weight :

Left to Right: Total Weight: 1 lb. 4 oz. Bottom: 15 oz. Top: 5 oz.———Total Weight: 13 oz. Bottom: 9 oz. Top: 4 oz.———-Total Weight: 12 oz. Bottom: 8 oz. Top: 4 oz.———-Total Weight: 7 oz. Bottom: 5 oz. Top: 2 oz.———-Total Weight: 4 oz. Bottom: 3 oz. Top: 1 oz.———-Total Weight: 4 oz. Bottom: 3 oz. Top: 1 oz.———Total Weight: 3 oz. Bottom: 2 oz. Top: 1 oz.———-Total Weight: 2.5 oz. Bottom: 1.7 oz. Top: .8 oz.———-Total Weight: 1.3 oz. Bottom: .8 oz. Top: .4 oz.———-Total Weight: 1.4 oz. Bottom: 1 oz. Top: .3 oz.

Provenance :

Left to Right:

Celeste Koster, Chatham, NJ-1968

Celeste Koster, Chatham, NY-1967

Julie Lindberg, PA-2005

Celeste Koster, Chatham, NY-1967

2006

Eldred’s Auction, E. Dennis, MA-2012

1989

2012

Jim Galley, PA-1991

Bea Cohen, Easton, PA-1989

Availability :

 

Description:  Of the 3 different Canister sets: barrel shape, round and square we feel the round canisters are the second hardest to assemble a set. Pictured here are 10 round canisters that range from 1 1/2″ to 4 7/8″ high. There are probably larger ones. It is believed that canisters were used to hold tea and spices. Some of them nest nicely together which made them easy to ship.

Round Canister characteristics: 1) no rain cloud borders 2) Canton scene on all tops-5 have scene one half way around the bottoms and the other 5 have it all away around 3) 6 of the 10 have a blue band border around the tops’ sides-4 do not 4) all bottoms glazed 5) poor physical design-tops slip easily off the bottoms-be careful!

Generally, prices escalate from the smallest to the highest. They are all very rare.

In our opinion, round canisters were poorly engineered. The tops are poorly secured and thus a majority of tops have roughage, chips or worse because they easily fall off the bottoms and are damaged.

Herbert Schiffer’s 1975 book has barrel canisters on page 99, round ones on page 100 and squares on page 104. Jane Wilson’s 1977 booklet has a barrel on page 34, a round Nanking one on page 35 and a square on page 12.

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