This is a beautiful and early tin which once held soap. It is from Provence and dates from 1920.
The body of the rectangular tin is in a brilliant cherry red. Each surface has a paneled scene. The front and lid panel depict beautiful spring flowers with St. Basil's cathedral in the background The two side panels have flowers with a large bumblebee. The back panel pictures beautiful iris and dogwood flowers with the city of Moscow in the background. The sides of the lid have a herringbone pattern in yellow, red and blue.
The lid opens and closes with the original hinges. The interior is shiny tin, coated with a gold/copper color. The bottom of the tin is solid red. It measures: 9 7/8" long, 4 1/2" tall and 4 7/8" deep. It is in good and sturdy, original condition with normal wear and fading/darkening for it's age.
The subject and scenery of this tin are unusual. It would make a conversational accent piece in the kitchen, bedroom or bath.
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