Fine Example of a Nineteenth-Century Tin Map & Chart Case for Shipboard

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594. [MAP STORAGE TUBE]. Hand-made tin map tube with lid, carrying handle, lock rings, with knurl to seat lid. Length: 93 cm; diameter: 18 cm; circumference: 55.5 cm. Lid stamped: "Patented June 2. Devoes Patent." [New York? nineteenth century]. A bit of light rusting, a few small dents, especially to lid. Generally very fine and ready for use.

     An excellent example of a tin-ware corrosion-resistant map case meant for shipboard use, to protect maps and blueback charts from the elements, and also from theft—either of which could be disastrous at worst and problematic at best. An unusual display object for the map collector or museum. According to the June 3, 1869, issue of the Yonkers Statesman, Devoe also patented cans for holding kerosene.


Sold. Hammer: $250.00; Price Realized: $306.25.

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