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Thimble - M.J. Franklin Collection of British Biscuit Tins (Advertising Ephemera)
  • M.J. Franklin Collection of British Biscuit Tins (Advertising Ephemera)
    William Crawford & Sons
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M.J. Franklin Collection of British Biscuit Tins (Advertising Ephemera)

  • Object:

    Thimble

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1931 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    William Crawford & Sons (made for)
    Shaw & Co (made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Base metal

  • Credit Line:

    Given by M. J. Franklin

  • Museum number:

    M.882-1983

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The British biscuit tin came about 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.

The most exotic designs were produced in the early years of the 20th century, just prior to the First World War. In the 1920s and 1930s, costs had risen substantially and the design of biscuit tins tended to be more conservative, with the exception of the tins targeted at the Christmas market and intended to appeal primarily to children. The designs, generally speaking are a barometer of popular interests.

The advent of the Second World War stopped all production of decorative tin ware and after it ended in 1945, the custom never really revived.

Physical description

Thimble, base metal, a dome with dimpled surface, raised lettering around the base.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca.1931 (made)

Artist/maker

William Crawford & Sons (made for)
Shaw & Co (made by)

Materials and Techniques

Base metal

Marks and inscriptions

CRAWFORD'S CITY ASSOCIATION
Raied lettering around the base.

Dimensions

Height: 2.2 cm

Object history note

M.J. Franklin Collection of British Biscuit Tins (Advertising Ephemera)

Descriptive line

Thimble, (biscuit manufacturer's advertising ephemera), base metal, England, made by Shaw & Co., for William Crawford & Sons, ca. 1931.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Michael Franklin, British Biscuit Tins, London, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1984, ISBN. 0905209621

Materials

Base metal

Techniques

Stamping

Categories

Advertising; Eating; Metalwork

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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