Collected by a Wirral man and covering a period from the late-Victorian 1880s to the 1950s, the sale’s 130 lots represent the golden age of tinned packaging.
Driven by the necessity to make their products appeal over those of their competitors, companies like Huntley Palmers, Keen’s, Lyon’s and W & R Jacob made tins that became collector’s items in their own time.
The result was a mind-boggling array of tins as manufacturers tried to outwit each other with the most ingenious adaptation of lithographed tinplate, making the brightly coloured tins novel, diverse and fun to the point at which their contents were almost secondary.
The collection includes:
- a William Crawford & Sons tin in the shape of an ocean liner, which is estimated at £175-275
- a thatched cottage money box, which was intended to hold Mabel Lucie Attwell “Kiddibics” (£200-300)
- a Royal Coach tin (£150-200) by the same biscuit-maker
- countless other novelties, some like Players Navy Cut tins (£80-120) and a Peek Freans “Cocoanut Shies” game tin (£225-325) still with their original contents.
The sale takes place on February 1 at Peter Wilson Auctions.