This old 1920s tin box pays homage to a very brave young woman named Grace Darling (1815 - 1842). She was an English lighthouse keeper's daughter, famed for participating in the rescue of survivors from a shipwrecked boat in 1838. The paddlesteamer ran aground on the Farne Islands in northeast England; nine members of the crew were saved by Grace and her father.
Grace's bravery made her the nation's heroine. Donations were raised for her, including £50 from Queen Victoria. Over a dozen portrait painters sailed to her island home to capture her likeness and hundreds of gifts, letters, and even marriage proposals were delivered to her.
So, of course, Grace Darling deserved to be honored on a tin that once held sweets from Rountree & Co. Ltd....Cocoa & Chocolate Makers to H.M. The King and The Queen.
This tin is lithographed with scenes of the rescue. In the center, is a portrait of Grace. The graphic on the left is captioned 'Going out to the wreck'. The illustration on the right says...'Returning with the rescued'.
The tin measures 12 inches long by 3 inches wide. It's 1 3/8 inches high. There are floral and garland graphics around the sides. The lid illustrations show age wear and there are some nicks to the litho. But overall, this interesting, story-telling tin box has weathered the storm pretty well...no dents, clean inside.
(The rest of the story...In 1842, Grace fell ill while visiting the mainland and was in convalescence with her cousins in their house in Narrowgate, Alnwick. The Duchess of Northumberland heard of her situation, and arranged for her to be moved to better accommodations close to Alnwick Castle where she tended to the ailing heroine in person as well as providing Grace with the services of the family physician. But Grace's condition declined and in the final stages of her illness she returned to the place of her birth in Bamburgh. Grace Darling died of tuberculosis in October 1842, aged 26.)
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