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Civil War vintage Condensed Milk Tin - LIGHTING DEVICE

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A candle holder as is with potential use as a finger lamp with the addition of a burner, this Civil War vintage make-do will occupy a special place in someoneís lighting device or personal item collection. Fashioned from a now rarely seen period condensed milk tin that, while showing good age and period originality, remains in excellent condition with all the telltale construction features that knowledgeable antique tin collectors like to see. Flat, lap seamed top and bottom with that telltale lead spot seal and lead soldered, side, lap seal, all offer good evidence of period construction of the Borden, Eagle Brand tin. A true example of the ingenuity of some skilled mid 1800s tin-knocker, the light gauge of the tinned sheet iron used to fashion the neck and finger loop modification tells us that the material used was likely cut from another milk can.
As a bit of history regarding the significance of Bordenís then ground breaking process of preserving milk: Gail Borden introduced Eagle Brand in 1856 to fight food poisoning and other illnesses related to lack of refrigeration and preservation techniques. Bordenís method of producing vacuum packed (thus the lead solder spot seal applied to the heated tin of condensed milk) cows milk quickly became popular as it offered a wide range of nutritional uses while being easily transported and stored without spoilage. The Civil War brought about Union Army contracts that made Bordenís condensed milk a nationally recognized commodity. With the vast majority having been used up and cast aside existing examples are a rare relic of 1850s / 1860s daily life.
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