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VINTAGE BISCUIT TINS


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Vintage Biscuit Tins are highly collectable not for its delicious recipes for the bourgeoisie but its intricate and well-crafted designs. With the invention of offset lithography in the late 1800s, biscuit tins were later easily mass produced in various shapes and colours imaginable. Pioneered by the Huntley & Palmers, biscuit tins were not only printed to resemble works of art but also carefully moulded into various cultural and historical objects. So bring along your magnifying glasses and look closely to appreciate these intricate pieces of art!

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LOOK OUT FOR THESE BISCUIT TINS AT THE STAIRWELL
WATER CARRIER

A Peek, Frean and Company biscuit tin decorated with an image of an Egyptian woman carrying a water container on her head

 

MAKER:

Peek, Frean and Company Limited

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

United Kingdom

YEAR OF MAKE:

Unknown

GRANDFATHER'S CLOCK

The A Huntley and Palmers biscuit tin shaped and decorated to resemble a grandfather clock, and is decorated with oriental style images of buildings and animals.

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MAKER:

Huntley and Palmers

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

United Kingdom

YEAR OF MAKE:

1929-1932

ALADDIN'S LAMP

A tin container shaped to resemble a lamp, and decorated with scenes from the Aladdin folk tale.When activated, the robot moves forwards on wheels underneath, with its head turning from side to side.

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MAKER:

Unknown

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

Unknown

YEAR OF MAKE:

Unknown

GOLDEN JUBILEE

The A Huntley and Palmers biscuit tin decorated with an image of the British monarch Queen Victoria.

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MAKER:

Huntley and Palmers, Huntley, Boorne and Stevens

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

United Kingdom

YEAR OF MAKE:

1887

ARTILLERY SHELL

A George Kemp biscuit/cake tin in the shape of an artillery shell 

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MAKER:

George Kemp Ltd

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

United Kingdom

YEAR OF MAKE:

1911

LITERATURE

A 120 year old biscuit tin shaped and decorated to resemble eight books bound together with a belt! 

‘Huntley and Palmers’ is a British firm of biscuit makers founded in 1822 by Joseph Huntley, who ran what was once the world’s largest biscuit factory.  

Huntley started selling biscuits to travellers on coaches but the biscuits were too vulnerable to breakage on coach journeys so his son founded ‘Huntley, Boorne and Stevens’, a firm of manufacturers and innovators of creative metal biscuit tins. 

 
 
MAKER:

Huntley and Palmers, Huntley, Boorne and Stevens

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

United Kingdom

YEAR OF MAKE:

1901

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WHEEL OF FORTUNE

a gray dunn biscuit tin decorated images men from Tinker tailor counting game

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MAKER:

Gray, Dunn and Company

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

United Kingdom

YEAR OF MAKE:

1920s

FLYING SCOTSMAN

a crawford biscuit tin shaped like the flying scotsman steam locomotive

 
 
MAKER:

William Crawford and Sons Limited

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

United Kingdom

YEAR OF MAKE:

1928