Posted 6 months ago
This is a Wear-Ever branded aluminum container or canister. The stamp shows it was made by TACU Co. (The Aluminum Cooking Utensil Co.) New York. - It is marked product No. 112. - TACU Co. was established in 1901 as a cookware subsidiary of ALCOA Aluminum to market aluminum cooking utensils made by the Pittsburgh Reduction Company. The Wear-Ever brand was introduced in 1903. WearEver Cookware helped aluminum consumption by introducing one of the first widely accepted and available aluminum based consumer products of their time. Initially this cookware was sold door-to-door by college students and would later be purchased in large quantities by organizations. In 1912 the United States Marine Corps would adopt WearEver aluminum utensils as their standard issue utensils. Although I don't know the exact date of this item since I can find no reference to it, I believe it was used as a coffee canister or container. It was stored with my military collectibles and I would date it in the 1940's.