Rare 1880s New York Biscuit Company tin counter display with hinged lid and glass window front. The tin has fancy embossing on the front and a hinged lid with a glass window so customer's could see the products. "New York Biscuit Company" is embossed on the front side of the lid. The window has the remnants of a sticker that reads "Kennedys" in navy blue with white lettering, which we believe refers to the Kennedy Steam Bakery of Cambridge, Mass, which invented the fig newton and Lorna Doone cookies.
The New York Biscuit Company was a regional baker of "hard tack crackers", a hard biscuit that was originally concocted for sailors to take to sea as they didn't spoil on long voyages. The company consisted of 7 other bakeries, including the Kennedy Steam Bakery, which sold to the New York Biscuit Company to gain greater market share. In 1889, William Moore acquired several regional bakeries, including the New York Biscuit Company, and formed the National Biscuit Company or Nabisco as it's known today.
This rare tin display measures 10 1/2" wide x 11 1/4" high x 10 3/4" deep (front to back). It is in very good original antique condition. The embossed front is very nice and the lid and hinge closure work great. The remaining sides have darkened with age and show some surface oxidation commensurate with the properties of tin and the age of the piece. Glass is fine. Please see all photos and email us if you have any questions.
This is a beautiful old piece. I've never seen another one.
The box weighs 5 lbs before packing, and shipping will be via FedEx Ground/Home Delivery, insurance included.