When closed, this tin is decorated with a different fruit and flower still life on all four sides and the top. Each still life is very detailed and quite lovely. But the fun part is the original label that is still attached to the inside top. It depicts a mother and child selecting a piece of candy from the tin while their cute little terrier works very hard to get their attention so that he can have a piece, too. The label reads (in French): Neva, Caramel a la Crème, Societe Francaise des Caramels & Toffees, Molie & Cie, 17 Rue du Moulin Vincennes Paris. I have always been attracted to tins, but this is the first one I’ve seen that has a lock and key. These caramels must have really been expensive to keep them locked up. This 9 ½” x 6 ¾” x 3 ½” tin also has four applied feet to the bottom. The tin is in very good, almost antique condition. There is some loss of finish on the box, but each stiff life is still very vivid. The lid closes nicely, and there are no dents to the box.
This would be a charming decorative item or a wonderful box to store lovelies under lock and key. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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Unusual 1920s French Caramel Tin with Lock and Key