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Posted 5 years ago


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I'm not sure what this container had in it, but apparently Crosse and Blackwell made foodstuff. The tin bottom is lined with a velvety material.
Anyone know the possible age of this, or what it might have contained?

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  1. nsvmom nsvmom, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the like, blunderbuss2!
  2. nsvmom nsvmom, 5 years ago
    I THINK it may be a candy tin
  3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    I suggest you take out of the closet before taking the picture so we can see what it is.
  4. nsvmom nsvmom, 5 years ago
    The tin itself is dark, not the photo... It's under a lamp for the photo! haha
  5. nsvmom nsvmom, 5 years ago
    I've added a digitally lightened photo, hopefully that'll help :) It's just a really dark piece
  6. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    Not sure what the tin had in it they made lots of different stuff.
    From info gleaned from the following links I believe the tin is from 1893 - 1927 most likely closer to the earlier date as they mention on the tin the "New Factory"
  7. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    Beautiful tin!

    A firm with a long history! Founded circa 1706, and enjoyed a Royal Warrant. I did a quick search and found that most of what the firm produced was sold in jars or cans. They were 'celebrated' for sauces, relishes, jams, and preserves. I found an excellent company history on I tried to match the "new factory" on the face of your tin with the facilities detailed in this article. There are leads, but it will take some digging to uncover the facts. The firm has produced plum puddings, and I do find in that in 1925 they purchased Williams & Woods Ltd, an Irish firm that produced candy ("etc.", per article). However, other than this "Williams & Woods" association, I find no other mention of the firm having produced candy.

    I wonder if this could have held candy? A velvet floor seems to me to be more suitable for something in a jar or tin, but I know very little about old tins. I wonder if it could have been a gift tin, or assortment tin, filled with jars of sauces, relishes, etc.

    Old label and a footnote link to a lawsuit wherein Crosse & Blackwell was plaintiff.

    Company contact link.

    The following link is to an etsy vendor who once listed a Crosse & Blackwell "candy" or "chocolate" tin. I can't view the listing as it has "expired". Perhaps you could ask the Seller why he thought it a candy tin.

    I saw the same tin on Worthpoint. It was listed as a biscuit tin. I see no mention anywhere that C&B sold biscuits, however, I didn't research in depth.

  8. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    Great link, walksoftly!!! I think I was working on my comment already, or I would have used your great link in my comment!
  9. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    Thank you miKKo, that happens to me sometimes, my problem is I type very slow with two fingers.
    You found lot's of useful info also.
  10. nsvmom nsvmom, 5 years ago
    Thanks so much for your in-depth research :) :) It's wonderful to have more information. I've kept so many things over the years just because they're old and unique, so this piece fit that bill. I'll have to check out all those links when I get a spare moment! :)
  11. nsvmom nsvmom, 5 years ago
    Those links were awesome walksoftly and miKKo! Thanks so much :) I may have to do some more digging! Who knew something so seemingly insignificant (it's been sitting on a shelf for 5 years) could be so interesting!
  12. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    You're so welcome, nsvmom! Thank you for posting this charming and very interesting item.
  13. jimborasco jimborasco, 5 years ago
    miKKo, the super sleuth.
  14. nsvmom nsvmom, 5 years ago
    hehe, no problem, thanks Bellin!
  15. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    Thank you kindly, Jimbo!!! : )

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