A very beautiful lady in an oval portrait smiles sweetly from the lid of this metal biscuit tin. The tin comes from the Brittany, France and dates from 1905-1910.
It has an unusual shape which gives it a "picture frame" effect. The oval portrait is lovely, the details have survived the passage of time. This medallion is surrounded by bouquets of flowers placed on a midnight blue background. A 1/2" wide gilt border frames the edge (the gilt has worn with age). The sides have festoons of flowers and ribbons placed on a midnight blue background. The interior is plain, as is the bottom, with no written words.
The tin is in sound condition. It opens and shuts with it's original hinge (which most often does not survive intact). There is some wear to the bottom of the lid (minor scratching) and to the edges of the lid (gilt has worn off). It measures 6 3/4" (widest point at the lid), 5 1/2" (narrowest point of the lid), 2 1/2" tall and 7 1/2" long.
These original, old biscuit tins do not often survive. This one has been treasured through the years and is a fine example of a French advertising tin from the early 1900's.
French Antiques: 19th Century French Smalls: Gilded Figural Bronze Accessories, Majolica, Engravings, Chocolate Molds