Biscuit tin collecting has become more and more popular. When I did some research I found some tins costing thousands of dollars. Obviously, the completeness and condition has a great deal to do with prices. The British biscuit tin came about when the Licensed Grocer's Act of 1861 allowed groceries to be individually packaged and sold. Coinciding with the removal of the duty on paper for printed labels. It was only a short step to the idea of printing directly on to tinplate. The new process of offset lithography, patented in 1877 allowed multicoloured designs to be printed on to exotically shaped tins.
The most exotic designs were produced in the early years of the 20th century, just prior to the First World War. In the 1920s and 1930s, costs had risen substantially and the design of biscuit tins tended to be more conservative, with the exception of the tins targeted at the Christmas market and intended to appeal primarily to children. The designs, generally speaking are a barometer of popular interests.
The advent of the Second World War stopped all production of decorative tin ware and after it ended in 1945, the custom never really revived.
Country of Origin: England.
Artist/Maker: Huntley, Boorne & Stevens (manufacturers) Peek Frean & Co. (made for)
Materials and Techniques: Tinplate with offset lithography printing
Description: A Peek Freans Quintuple Castle Biscuit Tin,
Size: 6 3/4 height by 18 wide by 19 inches diameter (17.1 x 45.7 x 48.3 cm)
This comprises square cross-section castle towers with castellations to wall and tower sections, PF flags interspersed between sections, stamped PF to castle roofs.
Condition: One tower may be missing "PF" flag, varying degrees of chipping to lithographs, some constellations with bending, one tower apparently missing four constellations, presenting very well with wear commensurate with age and use.
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