1888 Lehmann Tea Can—early product made before toys


Lehmann is famous worldwide for its quality mechanical tin toys, and they are prized by collectors everywhere. But shortly after it began making toys, the partner of E. P. Lehmann died in 1884. From 1884 to 1888 Mr. Lehmann quit making toys and instead made tin containers of all sorts. They were easy to make and in demand, and this allowed the company to recover and ultimately flourish. Here is a great example of the tin containers made by Lehmann during this period, a Tea Can or Tea Caddie. He had a patent on the lid that opens and closes and acts as a spout for the tea. The size is 6 ¼ inch by 2 ¼ by 2 ¼ , and it bears the logo that is so famous today. One of these is on display at the City Museum of Brandenburg, Germany.