Rare Antique Tea Cannister


I am so happy to have this antique tea canister in the shop so I can look at it everyday until it sells. It is just the sort of thing that resonates with me: strong color, bold graphics, and lots of age. It was used tostore loose tea in an old general store.



You really can’t appreciate the color of this wonderful tea canister because of my awful photograph, but it is a great, clear red with black lettering and gold details. It was made in Detroit probably in the late 1800’s by a company called Thomas A. Parker Company. General Stores would keep their loose tea in such containers and customers would scoop out exactly what they wanted. It is 11 1/2 inches high and 13 1/2 inches across. We found it in a fine antique shop in Michigan. We bought several very nice items from this same dealer.