Regarded to be one of the greatest coffee advertising tins, " Le Pelican Rouge" (The Red Pelican) from Belgium/France is, a lithographic masterpiece. It dates from 1905-1910.
The Red Pelican company was an innovator of brewing coffee using steam as the source of energy. It quickly became the preferred brand of coffee, both in Belgium and France.
The tin is in a brilliant shade of cherry red. It has beautifully designed graphics. In the center is an oval cartouche which features a large, red pelican (fish in mouth) on a gilded background. Underneath the pelican the patent mark "marque deposee" appears. A double frame encloses the words "Antwerpen and Anvers". The name of the coffee company is written in both Dutch and French. The lithograph/embossing company has signed the design at the bottom of the tin, "Emb. Metal H. Bollens. Duffel".
The lid lifts upward to reveal a shiny tin interior (very good condition). The two locations, Antwerp and Anvers of the coffee stores are placed in side panels, with their telephone numbers and the advertising words, "Our metal packaging boxes guarantee the quality, freshness, aroma and weight of our celebrated coffees.
The tin measures: 9 1/4" tall, 4 7/8" in circumference. It survives in incredible condition, with very little color loss (just very light wear where the tin shows through the red). It is not dented or bent.
A very authentic and lovely kitchen accent, it is a rare antique find in amazing condition.
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