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    Posted 8 months ago

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    This old metal box with hinged lid is described in the website article linked here as:

    "It is 7½ inches long, 4 inches wide and 2 inches deep, decorated with colorful lithographed mosaic tiles and the art nouveau style portrait of a woman with long, flowing hair."

    I couldn't say it better... ;-) :-)

    Mine is pretty much as described thus could be as old as 1920's, but I don't know that for sure -- that's an 'earliest possible' date I think. Its artwork on the top is now faded and worn but still there, the only differences I can find are the "(c)S.F.W.&S. Inc." small print at lower left (the article omits the 'F.') and lower right small print reading "2 LB.NET" on mine that's not mentioned in the article, plus I cannot find any "Tindeco" (box maker's) name on it anywhere.

    -----------EDIT FOR CORRECTION-------------

    The article mentioned above describes the *1lb* Salmagundi tin in size -- the tin shown here is the *2lb* size which measures 8-1/2" x 7" x 4" but is otherwise quite the same...

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    1. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 8 months ago
      Good point valentino97?!! I just checked, nobody has registered that one, it could be YOURS if you know how to do stuff like that?!! <LOLOLOL>
    2. keramikos, 8 months ago
      AnythingObscure, I had to shift my lazy self to go look for another one that was posted within the last year:
    3. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 8 months ago
      Thanks keramikos -- you also suffering from too much holiday feasting?? <lol> Ted_Straub's Whitman's box is a whole lot prettier than mine, now I know how colorful it really is supposed to be! :-) :-) :-)
    4. keramikos, 8 months ago
      AnythingObscure, You're welcome. :-)

      Nope, I'm not suffering from too much feasting, but I'm possibly suffering from too much sitting in a chair ill-suited to those of the short persuasion. :-(

      I'll have to keep that in mind for the next occasion.
    5. keramikos, 7 months ago
      A few more tidbits:

      The big difference between your Whitman's Salmagundi tin and Ted_Straub's (and eindhoven44's) is that yours is a 2 pound tin (as opposed to a 1 pound tin).

      Here's another 2 pound tin:

      Here's a reproduction 2 pound tin:

      Those rounded corners on the reproduction tin are a no-joke, safety feature:


      Producing the beautiful tins that we collectors so covet today, was a dangerous business. Factory workers in the lithography department were considered lucky if they had all their fingers. The 4 foot x 4 foot tin plates, when coated with paint, were slippery and they had knife-sharp edges. There was a fully equipped surgical room within the factory, along with a full-time nurse and a company doctor for the men who weren't careful enough.


      I was curious about the February 27, 1923 patent listed on so many of the tins, and I think I found it:
    6. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 7 months ago
      THANKS SO MUCH to keramikos for all the research -- also to Newfld, dav2no1, Cisum, fortapache, Watchsearcher, Alfie21, vetraio50, vcal, valentino97, elanski, ho2cultcha, aura, vintagelamp, & Vinyl33rpm for the <love it>s!!

      I just found another one of these in the 1lb size, here:
    7. keramikos, 7 months ago
      AnythingObscure, You're welcome. :-)

      I found that Tindeco company history piece interesting.

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