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Charity Vintage: Carr biscuit tin

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

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vintage Carr biscuit tin being sold on eBay for Charity by & in support of Isabel Hospice(ends 15 Apr, 2014 09:05:55 BST)

This vintage Carr biscuit tin is being sold on eBay for Charity by & in support of Isabel Hospice*. It looks as if it’s been through the wars. Lots of scratches and other wear and what looks to be a large, sticky black area on the top where there was once a label.

But it’s so pretty; such a lovely illustration… and it’s only £5! The good news is that rubbing it gently all over with a bit of Brasso wadding should get rid of much of the ancient dirt and sticky black stuff (this is one of our little restoration secrets!).

*Isabel Hospice is a charity needing to raise nearly £4 million per annum to provide their free services to the people of eastern Hertfordshire. Their ethos is that they treat the whole person, not simply the illness. They offer a complete hospice service through their team of Community Nurse Specialists, a 16-bed, in-patient hospice, a day hospice, outreach day hospices, hospice at home and a family support and bereavement service.

Cup of tea, Mr Darcy?

Friday, January 27th, 2012

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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!

Tin-tastic!

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

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trio of Marks & Spencer biscuit tins designed by Sanna Annukka

Marks and Spencer are selling these Christmas biscuit selections…

Marks & Spencer chocolate chunk selection biscuit tin designed by Sanna Annukka

…with gorgeous tins designed by Sanna Annuka.

Marks & Spencer Swiss biscuit collection biscuit tin designed by Sanna Annukka

Future classics with their vintage Scandinavian folk art feel.

Marks & Spencer Swiss biscuit collection biscuit tin designed by Sanna Annukka

She was responsible for this Swiss biscuit tin last Christmas – it’s currently changing hands for £15-£20… without the biscuits!

detail from a Marks & Spencer Swiss biscuit collection biscuit tin designed by Sanna Annukka showing a Swiss milk maid

We’ve bought ours early this year – they’re sure to be popular again.

detail from a Marks & Spencer chocolate chunk selection biscuit tin designed by Sanna Annukka showing alpine trees

We’ll be giving a few tins as presents – but some will have to go under our own tree!!

Marks & Spencer Scottish shortbread petticoat tails tin

They’ve also got a butter shortbread tin with a sweet little Scottie dog on the front.

detail from Marks & Spencer Scottish shortbread petticoat tails tin showing a black Scottish terrier with a red tartan collar and lead and an envelope in his mouth

We recently posted a blog featuring illustrations by Miroslav Sasek – we don’t know who designed this tin – but it also has a vintage feel is very reminiscent of his work.

detail from Marks & Spencer Scottish shortbread petticoat tails tin showing legs of two mean and a woman and small flock of pigeons

Here are the actual illustrations from the book…

illustration of a Scottish terrier from vintage book, "This is Edinburgh" by Miroslav Sasek

…published in 1961.

illustration of a Scottish terrier from vintage book, "This is Edinburgh" by Miroslav Sasek

It’s not only going to be a tin-tastic Christmas in our house – looks like it’s going to be biscuit-tastic too!

Darn it!

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

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vintage Frears "Tea Time" Christmas assorted biscuit tin

In our last post we talked about a pleasant little surprise we had when we opened an old tin… well it’s just happened again. We saw this lovely, vintage Christmas biscuit tin in our local Picture House Antiques today.

detail of vintage Frears "Tea Time" Christmas assorted biscuit tin

We’d already decided to snap it up for the tin alone. However, the price tag said that contents were included.

vintage Frears "Tea Time" Christmas assorted biscuit tin with its lid off showing its contents to be vintage darning materials

What a lovely surprise to find all this inside…

vintage darning mushroom, scissors and pocket darning kit

…everything you might need for a bit of darning…

set of 6 vintage bundles of darning wool in shades of green and yellow

…including tools and lovely old yarns.

collection of vintage Chadwick's darning wools

Almost looking forward to getting holes in our socks!!!

One lump or two?

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

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vintage "Three Nuns" tobacco tin

We often find these small tobacco tins in the mixed boxes we buy at auction. Usually they’re full of nails, pins, screws or tap washers. But this one contained a more colourful surprise…

vintage "Three Nuns" tobacco tin showing 8 different paper wrapped sugar cubes

…lots of old sugar lumps!

They look to date from the 1960s – someone had obviously started a little collection – quite rare survivors probably.

old paper wrapped sugar cubes including Harrods, Sunny Southport, Kent and Ravenglass

Some of them have lovely period graphics… very sweet!! ☺