Syrian; M.J. Franklin Collection of British Biscuit Tins

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Acquired in 1983 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Huntley, Boorne & Stevens
attributions_note
bibliography
Michael Franklin, British Biscuit Tins, London, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1984, ISBN. 0905209621
collection_code
MET
credit
Given by M. J. Franklin
date_end
1903-12-31
date_start
1903-01-01
date_text
1903 (made)
descriptive_line
'Syrian' biscuit tin, tinplate with offset lithography printing, M.J. Franklin Collection of British Biscuit Tins, made by Huntley, Boorne & Stevens, Reading, 1903
dimensions
Height: 16.6 cm, Width: 18.9 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
British Galleries, room 125b
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
Manufactured by Huntley, Boorne & Stevens for Huntley & Palmers, both in Reading, Berkshire
id
9364
label
British Galleries: Decorative and imaginative tins were used by Victorian manufacturers to sell their biscuits from 1868. Christmas was the key time of the year for sales. Manufacturers competed with more inventive ideas, such as this one in the shape of an Indian-style table. The manufacturer produced 35,000 tins in this shape in 1903. [27/03/2003] 'SYRIAN', 1903 Made for Huntley & Palmers. Museum No. M.297-1983 [07/1994]
last_checked
2014-08-29T19:50:35.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T19:50:35.000Z
latitude
51.453522
location
British Galleries, room 125b, case 2
longitude
-0.96301
marks
materials
tinplate
materials_techniques
Tin-plate, offset litho printed with embossing
museum_number
M.297-1983
museum_number_token
m2971983
object_number
O78534
object_type
Biscuit tin
on_display
1
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Biscuit tin made of tinplate, offset litho printed and embossed in the form of an hexagonal, Islamic coffee table.
place
Reading
primary_image_id
2006AM2070
production_note
production_type
public_access_description
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.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
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site_code
VA
slug
syrian-mj-franklin-collection-of-biscuit-tin-huntley-boorne-stevens
sys_updated
2014-08-14T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
embossing, offset lithography
title
Syrian; M.J. Franklin Collection of British Biscuit Tins
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vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
1903
year_start
1903