Pictured for sale is this Pre-WWII Era Sunshine Biscuits Battleship Tin from October 18th,1937, by Loose-Wiles Bisquit Company. This Battleship Tin features a total of 9 battleships with a ship on the top and on each of the eight sides. All nine ships would play a part during WWII and the victory over Germany and Japan.
Below each picture of a Battleship is the name of the Battleship. On the bottom of the tin it reads: “Assorted Biscuits, Net Weight 2 lbs. 8 ozs., Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company, Bakers of Sunshine Biscuits, Address--New York, N.Y., Made in U.S.A”. Listed below is each battleship:
1.)On top of the tin is the U.S.S. Idaho. The Idaho just two days after the Bombing of Pearl Harbor saw action in the Aleutian Islands, Gilbert Islands, and Marshall Islands. All throughout WWII the Idaho saw extensive action.
2.)The U.S.S Narwahl (SSN-167) Submarine. The Narwahl was docked at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack but survived to see action all through WWII before being decommissioned on the 23rd of April, 1945.
3.)The U.S.S. Dunlap. She entered Pearl Harbor the next day after the Japanese attacked and then patrolled around Hawaii and surrounding areas into 1942 before being reassigned.
4.)The U.S.S. Lexington. She was part of a large group of battleships which fought in The Battle of the Coral Sea.
5.)The U.S.S. Guam. She saw action at the end of WWII.
6.)The U.S.S. Chicago. She saw plenty of action in WWII but was sunk in 1943 in the Battle of the Soloman Islands.
7.)The U.S.S. West Virginia. Named after the 43rd State and saw extensive action throughout WWII.
8.)The U.S.S. Raleigh. She was moored at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack and suffered damage but was later repaired and saw action throughout WWII.
9.)The U.S.S. Arizona. She was sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor. She sank quickly trapping 1,177 crewmen inside. A memorial was built over the wreckage in honor of those who sacrificed their lives to keep our nation safe.
**Condition of Tin: The metal handle is painted blue and is in very good condition. The outside of the tin is in Good- Condition. The inside of the tin is in Good- Condition.
*Outside: There is fading, edge wear, surface scratches, and some small dings to the top, sides, and bottom of the tin. There are rust spots along the bottom edge of the tin. The U.S.S. Lexington’s, the U.S.S. Raleigh's, and the U.S.S. Chicago's drawings which are around the side of the tin are faded. There is surface wear, surface scratches, and some small dings to the bottom of the tin.
*Inside: Clean. There is surface wear, surface scratches, and rust spots on the inside of the lid and the inside of the bottom.
Little did the Loose-Wiles Bisquit Company, Bakers of Sunshine Biscuits, know that all nine ships they honored on their tin would later play a major role in WWII and the defeat of both Germany and Japan.
A wonderful historic Battleship Tin to display in a study, library, office, or living room. While it does have its wear, the tin also has its place in history. A sharp looking tin to add to your personal collection of WWII memorabilia.
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