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Bottle of Walkdens Violet Ink   BJ96
Bottle of Walkdens Violet Ink BJ96
Original, quality, late 19th century, freeblown sheartop, unopened, eight sided, glass ink bottle with the original paper label detailing "Walkdens Superfine Violet Ink" and the original cork stopper to the top. The bottle is in super condition, but the contents have evaporated and the label is faded and worn at the edges, but a great looker nevertheless. Base 1.75" x 1.75" x 2" tall. 
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Price: 36.00


Fry's Chocolate Tin in Frame CC135
Original, quality, Fry's Chocolate tin issued to "Commemorate the opening of the Royal Edward Dock in Bristol" on "July 9th 1908". In mint condition and in the original mount and green finished plaster on wood glazed frame. The tin is highly coloured and detailed with cameos of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra and the mount is in scribed pen script "Presented to Joseph Naish 1908". We have re-papered the backboard and tightened up the tin mount and now all is complete and in good order. Truely in remarkable condition. Tin 5.75" x 3.25", outer frame 12.25" x 10.25" and 1.5" front to back. 
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Price: 230.00


Fry's Chocolate Tin in Frame  CC135



Tin of Knife Polish KC15
Tin of Knife Polish KC15
Original, quality unopened tin of 'Oakey's Wellington knife cleaning powder', circa 1900/1920's, with the original coloured printed wrapper detailing a cameo of The Duke of Wellington with standing lions either side, "Manufacturered by John Oakey and Sons Ltd" and "Wellington Emery and Blacklead Mills of London", also "directions for use" and other details. Some discolouration but otherwise all complete and in good order. 3" diameter x 5.25" tall. 
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Price: 56.00


Sealed Tin of Brolac Paint P3
Original, quality, pre-war, tin of "Brolac" paint, un-opened, with contents and labels to the outside. The tin has most of the original outer pale brown paint to the body and cap and green to the shoulders and neck. In super condition. 5" tall x 2.75" diameter. 
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Price: 23.00


Sealed Tin of Brolac Paint P3



1923 Sealed Tin of Paint P1
1923 Sealed Tin of Paint P1
Original quality, unopened/sealed, tin of paint, labelled 'Pinchin Johnson & Co Ltd', with a patented pull tab to open the lid showing the date 1923. One or two minor dents, otherwise in superb condition. 4.75" tall x 5" diameter. 
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Price: 30.00


Huntley and Palmers Kitchen Range Biscuit Tin T60
Original, quality Huntley and Palmer biscuit tin issued in 1926 and entitled "Kitchen Range". This super tin is difficult to find in good condition today for when found the doors or catches are missing. The original paint on this example is generally in good condition as is the tin with just the minor rubbing and one scratch. The doors are hinged, and the latches do operate. The underside is etched "Huntley and Palmers biscuits Reading and London", and one end is printed 'HB and S Ltd R' for the manufacturer of the tin Huntley Bourne and Stevens Ltd. Cleaned and waxed and complete and in good order. 5.5" x 2" x 3.5" tall. 
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Price: 300.00


Huntley and Palmers Kitchen Range Biscuit Tin T60



Huntley and Palmers Books Biscuit Tin T59
Huntley and Palmers Books Biscuit Tin T59
Original, quality Huntley and Palmers biscuit tin issued in 1909 and entitled 'Books'. This super example by this famous firm represents seven popular books of the day, between simulated wooden bookends. This tin is as near mint as you could expect to find without the card box and is printed with the registration number for the year 1909 and etched to the underside "Huntley and Palmer's biscuits Reading and London." The book spines to the top is the hinged lid. This is the first of this model we have found. Base 8.75" x 4", top 5.5" x 4" and 4" tall. 
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Price: 350.00


Carr and Co Biscuit Tin T56
Original, quality 1920's square biscuit tin etched to the underside "Carr and Co Biscuit manufacturer Carlisle". This super example has pictures to all sides and top, with a continuous story of the crow with the cheese and a fox. The tin is in good condition and the pictures are all intact albeit a little faded. 4.75" tall and 3" square.  
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Price: 56.00


Carr and Co Biscuit Tin T56



Huntley and Palmers Biscuit Tin T55
Huntley and Palmers Biscuit Tin T55
Original, quality Huntley and Palmer's biscuit tin in the form of a pedestal with a pediment and plinth each and an embossed panel depicting a classical figure to each side. This example with a marble effect finish in brown and green was produced for Huntley and Palmers in 1910 and was entitled "Statuary". The inside of the hinged top lid is etched "Huntley and Palmers Biscuits Reading and London England". The front panel is not the best side but all is generally in good order, clean and complete with just the odd scratch or rubbing. 7.25" tall and 5" square.  
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Price: 85.00


Huntley and Palmers Mini Biscuit Tin T54
Original, quality, miniature Huntley and Palmers cube shaped biscuit tin in superb condition, circa 1900 / 1920's. This example originally contained biscuits in the form of letters spelling out "Huntley and Palmers". Several models of this shape and size were issued and this one is decorated in white and red on dark blue with each panel detailing "Superior Reading Biscuits, Huntley and Palmers" with a different biscuit from their range "Nice", "Cornish Wafer", "Iced Gems, "Osborne" and "Petit Beurre". Some staining to the inside otherwise in near mint condition. 1.5" square and 1.75" tall. 
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Price: 65.00


Huntley and Palmers Mini Biscuit Tin T54



Military Officers Tin   T53
Military Officers Tin T53
Original, quality, brightly coloured and well detailed transfer printed tin, circa 1910 / 20's, probably for tea. This super example has cameo pictures of many of the 1st World leaders including King George V to the lid and Lord Kitchener , Sir John French, Tsar of Russia, Grand Duke Nicholas, Winston Churchill, Sir John Jellicoe, King of Belgum and General Joffre to the sides. Some minor rubbing but otherwise complete and in good and working order. 4.75" tall x 3.5" square body. 
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Price: 75.00


Huntley and Palmer Biscuit Tin T52
Original, quality, Huntley and Palmer biscuit tin issued in 1927, made to resemble a sandlewood casket. This tin is embossed with frieze designs of Indian elephants, the tin has a hinged lid with a push button and a catch to the front. The underside is etched "Huntley and Palmers Reading and London". Generally in good order and complete with some rubbing but no dents or damage. 10" x 7" and 4.25".  
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Price: 75.00


Huntley and Palmer Biscuit Tin   T52



Carbide Tin   T51
Carbide Tin T51
Original, quality 1920's, tall cylindrical tin with a circular press in lid. This tin details "The Bryterlite Brand Superior Quality Carbide of Calcium". 1lb size prepared by "The Humber Oil Company Ltd" and "Specially Prepared For All Types of Motor and Cycle Acetylene Lamps". Lots of other details and some rubbing overall but no dents or rust and no contents. 6.75" tall x 2.25" diameter.  
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Price: 56.00


Huntley and Palmers Biscuit Tin T47
Original, quality, rectangular shaped biscuit tin with Dutch scenes to the lid and four sides in shades of blue. This tin was produced for Huntley and Palmers in 1897 and is referred to as the 'Delft' pattern. The underside is impressed "Huntley and Palmers Biscuit Manufacturer Reading and London". A very clean example of an uncommon tin with just a few minor rubs and scuffs. Complete and in good and order. 8" x 6" and 1.75".  
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Price: 230.00


Huntley and Palmers Biscuit Tin   T47



Huntley and Palmer Miniautre Biscuit Tin T44
Huntley and Palmer Miniautre Biscuit Tin T44
Original, quality 1930's, miniature biscuit tin detailed to the sides and lid for "Huntley and Palmers Dundee Cake" in Royal blue on pale blue. Originally supplied with a mini cake and probably given away at exhibitions ? Some minor rubbing, otherwise complete and in good order. 2.25" diameter x 1.25" tall.  
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Price: 56.00


Buchanan Biscuit Tin T41
Original, quality, very decorative biscuit tin in the form of a casket decorated with jewels and with four coloured pictorial panels. This tin has four bun feet to the underside and a square lift of lid to the top. The underside of the lid is detailed "John Buchanan and Bros Ltd, Stewart St, Coweaddens, Glasgow" the manufacturer of the original contents. The lid is also stamped with the registration number for the year 1913. Some rubbing to the relief, but overall a good clean tin, complete and in super condition. Base 6.75" square, total height 8.5".  
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Price: 135.00


Buchanan Biscuit Tin   T41



Mick McQuaid Tobacco Tin   T40
Mick McQuaid Tobacco Tin T40
Original, quality 1920's, very clean and bright tobacco tin, with exceptional printed panels throughtout and decorated to all four sides and the lid, inside and out. The lid details "Carrolls Mick McQuaid Cut Plug Tobacco". Some very minor dents to one end of the lid rim, some very minor scratches and a short split to the rim of the lid to the front, but otherwise complete and in good order. 7.25" x 3.25" and 1.5" tall.  
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Price: 85.00


Crawfords Biscuit Tin T36
Original, quality 1920's, biscuit tin in the form of a tortoiseshell jewellery casket, with a shaped plinth to the base, a hinged lid and a secret hinged panel to the very top. This example is in good condition overall, with the odd minor dent and scratch to the printed detail. The underside is detailed "William Crawford and Sons Ltd, Biscuit Manufacturer, Edinburgh, Liverpool and London, Great Britain." Base 8.5" x 4.75", total height 4.25".  
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Price: 65.00


Crawfords Biscuit Tin   T36



Huntley and Palmer Biscuit Tin   T33
Huntley and Palmer Biscuit Tin T33
Original, quality, superb Huntley and Palmer's 'Wallet' biscuit tin in the form of a snakeskin handbag. This tin was manufactured in1903 by Huntley Bourne and Stevens for Huntley and Palmers and is in super condition retaining its original handle and catch, with just a few minor rubs and scratches around the catch area. Complete and in good order. 7.25" x 6" and 2.75". This tin was purchased at one of ITV's "Dickinson's Real Deal" filming days at Harrogate.  
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Price: 230.00


Jacobs Biscuit Tin T31
Original, quality, biscuit tin in the form of a log box, issued by 'Jacobs Biscuit Company' in 1929 and entitled "Jacobean Log Box". The sides of this tin are embossed to simulate carved wood panels and the lid has a thin sheet of embossed brass applied. The underside is printed "Jacob and Co Biscuits" and the brass top is embossed with a woodland scene of a father returning home with the dogs and the morning bag of rabbits. Most of the original paintwork remains and the brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. A super tin in pretty good order and complete. 7.4" x 4.3" x 3.9". 
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Price: 115.00


Jacobs Biscuit Tin   T31



Peek Frean Biscuit Tin   T30
Peek Frean Biscuit Tin T30
Original, quality, post-war, miniature square biscuit tin, originally filled with small biscuits and probably issued as a promotional item. Printed in red and silver on grey and detailing "Peek Frean Makers of Famous Biscuits" and "By Appointment To The Late King George VI". Not in mint condition, but very, very clean. Complete and in good order. 3.25" square and 1.75" tall.  
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Price: 38.00


Macfarlane Lang Biscuit Tin T26
Original, quality, pre-war, flat, biscuit tin printed in colour to the lid with a cameo of Mary Queen of Scots, on a tartan design covering the lid and sides. Detailed to the reverse 'Macfarlane Lang & Co Biscuits' for the manufacturer of the original contents. Some minor scratches, but otherwise in good order. 8.5" x 6.25" x 1". 
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Price: 45.00


Macfarlane Lang Biscuit Tin   T26



Crawford Biscuit Tin    T13
Crawford Biscuit Tin T13
Original, quality, 1920/30's, casket shaped gold coloured biscuit tin with designs in relief, of swags to the sides and Grecian type horsemen to the top. Impressed to the underside for the contents, 'Crawford's Delightful Biscuits & Shortbread', and, 'Crawford's Gingernuts Are Outstanding' all under the Royal Appointment coat of arms. Some rubbing to the high points and some very, very minor dents, otherwise complete and in good order. 8.6" x 4.7" x 1.5". 
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Price: 40.00


Day and Sons Red Drink Packet VP1
Original, quality 1920's / 30's, sealed packet of "Day and Sons Red Drink" in the original pink paper wrapping detailed with the manufacturer "Day and Sons", "Instructions For Use" and "By Appointment of H.M. The King" this would be King George V or VI. Complete and in superb order. 6.5" x 1.75" and 1.75". 
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Price: 30.00


Day and Sons Red Drink Packet   VP1

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