Oxo tin – cubed

Three types of vintage Oxo tin | H is for Home

We’ve bought quite a few vintage tins this week including three classic Oxo tins.

Three vintage Oxo cubes tins | H is for Home

We love an Oxo tin – that bright distinctive colour, design and logo. They’re perfect for holding all kinds of bits & pieces – and ideal for storing stock cubes, of course.

Three vintage Oxo cubes tins with lids open | H is for Home

Attractive packaging is always lovely to see in the kitchen or larder – and these tins are full of vintage charm. They have a real tradition and homeliness – a bit like a Colman’s mustard jar, HP sauce bottle or Kellogg’s cornflakes box. And when you lift the lids on these, you’re greeted with interior decoration too. In fact, the three tins we bought this week all had different insides.

Vintage Oxo cubes tin with lid open | H is for Home

Each tin holds about 50 cubes, so big enough to keep a selection of flavours – convenient and easily to hand when cooking. No more scrabbling amongst the packets at the back of the cupboard. We sell them for between £8 and £12 each and we’ve usually got one in “stock“.

Worcester Ware tins

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set of 3 vintage Worcester Ware storage tins with floral pattern

We treated ourselves to some new kitchen tins this week. Actually bought for us – intentionally bought with a specific purpose in mind – not stock that we’ve commandeered or filtered off to live with for a while!!

single vintage storage tin with floral pattern

These gorgeous 1960s tins with stylised flowers are our new tea, coffee & sugar receptacles.

base of vintage storage tin showing embossed Worcester Ware mark

They were made by Worcester Ware – another example of the lovely vintage metal ware that this company produced.

set of 3 vintage Worcester Ware storage tins with floral pattern with packets of sugar and coffee

We can now decant all our ugly refill packets into these pretty tins.

set of 3 vintage Worcester Ware storage tins with floral pattern with orange Kenwood kettle

We think the colours work well with others in the kitchen – slate, beech wood, cream cupboards & sink – and of course, bright orange walls.

Lefor Openo

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vintage biscuit tin with illustration by Lefor-Openo of a flower seller girl with her market stall | H is for Home

We picked up this rather lovely biscuit tin this week. It dates from the 1960s and is on just the right side of kitsch for us.

detail from a vintage biscuit tin with illustration by Lefor-Openo of a flower seller girl with her market stall

The tin was produced in England, but features a very cute, Continental flower girl – she must be in Britain though, she’s selling her wares at 2 shillings & sixpence a bunch!

We’ve long admired the work of Lefor Openo – the French design duo of Marie-Claire Lefort & Marie-Francine Oppeneau. They’re mainly known for their poster designs – lots of them featuring beautiful mademoiselles – and this girl is definitely one of theirs! One of their most famous illustrations must be the sultry Francia, a Gitanes “fumeureuse”.

vintage Gitanes advertising poster designed by Lefor Openophoto credit: Lamarde

There are always Lefor Openo posters, postcards and other illustrations available to purchase on eBay – and at very affordable prices too!

Cup of tea, Mr Darcy?

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vintage biscuit tin produced by A Romary and Company Limited decorated with Regency period figures of dandies promenading and ladies in a horse drawn carriage and a cup & saucer produced by Royal Grafton

Any Jane Austen fans out there?

vintage biscuit tin produced by A Romary and Company Limited decorated with Regency period figures of dandies promenading and ladies in a horse drawn carriage

We’ve got the perfect vintage biscuit tin for you!!

detail from a vintage biscuit tin produced by A Romary and Company Limited decorated with Regency period figures of dandies promenading and ladies in a horse drawn carriage

Dating from the 1950s and made by A.Romary & Co Ltd from Tunbridge Wells, it’s decorated with Georgian dandies doffing their hats to the coquettish ladies riding atop their horse drawn carriage – all in their period finery.

detail from a vintage biscuit tin produced by A Romary and Company Limited decorated with Regency period figures of dandies promenading and ladies in a horse drawn carriage

So settle back with your chocolate digestives for the next episode of Pride & Prejudice – perhaps you could even tempt your own Mr Darcy round for tea & biscuits!