Ceylon tea

Ceylon tea tin with original celluloid spoon
made in England, 1960s

This tin features its own original branded celluloid spoon: ‘Ceylon Tea’. The spoon is a little warped; the tea tin is a little rusted; commensurate with age.

But this tin is a lovely feature of the 60s- just when Ceylon [now Sri Lankan] tea was making it big in Europe. Tea was drunk right across Europe, and Ceylon started making inroads into the English tea drinking public.

Now of course we have tea-bags from everywhere- but this little tin with it’s spoon envision when tea came in tins, and was measured with spoons.

The tea tin is for sale: $AU15 [some rust on tin; some warping on spoon.]
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Coronation tin

Coronation tin [1953]Coronation tea tin
made in England 1953

A “souvenir casket presented by the Barnsley British Cooperative Society to commemorate the coronation of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, June 1953.” OK- my mistake; it’s not a tin, it’s a ‘casket.’

And what a casket! It’s octagonal; on the front [natch]– that’s Mr H. Wilde J.P., on the back, Windsor Castle. One side lists the Progress Society Members from 1862 – 1952 and the other the Board of Directors for 1953. No surprises here- all men and our dear Mr Wilde is top of the list!

The remaining four sides are given over to various flags… but one just can’t take one’s eyes off Mr H. Wilde J.P.  What a dreamboat…Wilde by name, and wild by ….even if that little bit of rust in his forehead seems to suggest he is sectarian.

The ‘casket’ is in good shape for its age and just look at how well it performs duty as a vase. The lid is still tight-fitting [Mr H wouldn’t have it any other way.]

The casket is for sale: $AUD70

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