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A COLLECTION OF TWENTY ONE BRITISH NOVELTY TOLE BISCUIT TINS
A COLLECTION OF TWENTY ONE BRITISH NOVELTY TOLE BISCUIT TINS

VARIOUSLY DATED FROM LATE 19TH CENTURY- CIRCA 1930S, MAKERS INCLUDING HUNTLEY AND PALMERS AND MACFARLANE LANG & CO.

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A COLLECTION OF TWENTY ONE BRITISH NOVELTY TOLE BISCUIT TINS
VARIOUSLY DATED FROM LATE 19TH CENTURY- CIRCA 1930S, MAKERS INCLUDING HUNTLEY AND PALMERS AND MACFARLANE LANG & CO.
Comprising of a number of different forms including Vizagapatam boxes, books, a miniature chest of drawers, handbags, tea caddies and attic-style vases, with various stamps and manufacturing marks
Largest: 9 in. (23 cm.) high; Smallest: 2 ¼ in. (5.5 cm.) high

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Huntley & Palmers was a British firm of biscuit makers originally based in Reading, Berkshire. The company created one of the world's first global brands and ran what was once the world’s largest biscuit factory. Over the years, the company was also known as J. Huntley & Son and Huntley & Palmer.  An important part of their success was their ability to send biscuits all over the world, perfectly preserved in locally produced, elaborately decorated, and highly collectable biscuit tins. The tins proved to be a powerful marketing tool, and under their easily recognizable image Huntley & Palmers biscuits came to symbolise the commercial power and reach of the British Empire. 
The tins found their way as far abroad as the heart of Africa and the mountains of Tibet; the company even provided biscuits to Captain Scott during his 1910 expedition to the South Pole. During the First World War they produced biscuits for the war effort and devoted their tin-making resources to making cases for artillery shells. 
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