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Featuring in the 14th November Tinplate and Specialist sale are over 200 lots of interesting Tinplate items, including The London Decorative Tin Collection.

This private owner collection contains 33 lots of unusual and scarce decorative sweet and biscuit tins. Dating from the early 1900s designs include sentry boxes, a windmill, Grandfather clock, Noah’s Ark, Top Hats and Beehives, plus designs from Lucie Atwell.

Lot 6001 - Huntley & Palmers "Sentry Box" tinplate Biscuit Tin c.1909 - scarce early example showing to each face of the box a Soldier from England, Russia, France and Germany - hinged lid with comical top. This is a scarce earlier version as from 1913 onwards the German Soldier image was replaced with a Belgium, some age related wear but still a Fair to Good example, 7"/17cm high. Estimate: £80-£120

Lot 6004 - Large tinplate Victory V Grandfather Clock Confectionary Container - produced c.1910 for Fryer & Company of Nelson in Lancashire to promote their famous Victory V Gums & Lozenges Sweets - tinprinted with wood effect detail, includes a windup clock to the face (untested), some age related wear but overall a Good impressive item, 18"/46cm high. Estimate: £80-£100

Lot 6005 - William Crawford's Biscuits tinplate "Fairy Tree" Biscuit Tin/Money Box, designed by Lucie Atwell - scarce item from 1939 with tinprinted detail, the lower section contained the biscuits while the separate conical upper section was used as Money Box complete with slot - a Good scarce example standing 15"/38cm high. Estimate: £100-£150

Lot 6006 - McVitie and Price tinplate "Bluebird" Biscuit Tin issued in 1911 and also used by the Co-operative Wholesale Society in 1912 and others. Colourfully tinprinted, the removable head acts as a lid. The reference to Bluebird in its name refers to a species of Albatross and was styled after the grotesque earthenware bird produced by Martin Brothers of Southall - some age related wear but overall Good for display standing 9"/23cm tall. Estimate: £100-£150

Lot 6007 - Tinplate "Beehive" Toffee Tin, as issued by Mackintosh's Toffee Company in the 1930's, colourful tinprinted detail with some age related wear but still a Good scarce example with a removable lid to top, 7"/18cm in diameter. estimate: £40-£50