We’ve bought quite a few vintage tins this week including three classic Oxo tins.
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.
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.
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“.
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!!
These gorgeous 1960s tins with stylised flowers are our new tea, coffee & sugar receptacles.
They were made by Worcester Ware – another example of the lovely vintage metal ware that this company produced.
We can now decant all our ugly refill packets into these pretty tins.
We think the colours work well with others in the kitchen – slate, beech wood, cream cupboards & sink – and of course, bright orange walls.
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.
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”.
photo credit: Lamarde
There are always Lefor Openo posters, postcards and other illustrations available to purchase on eBay – and at very affordable prices too!
Any Jane Austen fans out there?
We’ve got the perfect vintage biscuit tin for you!!
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.
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!