Sentries Biscuit Tin By Huntley & Palmers Antique c1914

Ann Parker


This unusual offset litho printed & embossed tinplate is in the form of a sentry box and  depicts 4 soldiers from different regiments in different countries such as Belgium , England, France and Russia. This tin was made originally for biscuits by Huntley & Palmers who was a leading maker of the time. The British biscuit tin originated when the Licensed Grocer's Act of 1861 allowed groceries to be individually packaged and sold. Coinciding with the removal of the duty on paper for printed labels. It was only a short step to the idea of printing directly on to tinplate. The new process of offset lithography, patented in 1877 allowed multicoloured designs to be printed on to exotically shaped tins. This tin is offered in good overall condition with a few dings and dents and a lot of the paintwork being chipped or rubbed ( please see pictures ) 

Dimensions 17 x 6.5 cm or 6.6 x 2.5 inches 
Weight 132.6 grams or 85.3 pennyweight