Biscuit tin collecting has exploded in the last twenty years. A MacFarlane Lang golf tin, such as this (perhaps this one?) was sold in Christies in 2004 for approximately $900.00. They have become much more scarce. One in extremely poor condition, hardly recognizable, was the only current one I could find. This is a well-preserved example.
Manufacturer: MacFarlane Lang & Co.
Model: Golf Bag Biscuit Tin. The tin manufactured by MacFarlane Lang co, cast with figures of a gentleman and lady golfers. The lid is modeled as golf club heads.
Size: 10 5/8 inches high (27.0 cm)
Condition: Some rust and rubbing to logotype to underside. Some scattered chipping to paint. Less wear than expected of an item of this age and use. Displays as a well-preserved example.
Macfarlane, Lang and Co
of Victoria Biscuit Works, Wesleyan Street, Glasgow, and Imperial Biscuit Works, Fulham, London.
1817 The business began as Langs bakery.
1841 Became Macfarlane Lang.
1886 The first biscuit factory opened and the firm changed its name to Macfarlane, Lang and Co in the same year.
1903 The business then opened a factory in Fulham, London.
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.
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