This is an interesting piece as it was created by the Lipton tea company as a souvenir tea caddy for the British Empire Exhibition in 1924. This information can be seen impressed around the widest part of the rim of the caddy. It is of largely spherical shape with a lift-off lid with knob. Above the description is an embossed lion. The name Lipton is proudly displayed on the base. As the brass appears to be somewhat flimsy, this example has suffered the fate of others created like this and has dents and one significant break on the surface of the exterior (see image). Items used as advertising material are interesting to collect as they are seldom created these days presumably due to the cost of such production. This piece looks pleasing as an ornament in a kitchen setting. Height 5 ins (12.6cm). Weight 132 grams.
This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 121.
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