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Did you know that the British term "biscuits" actually means the American word "cookies" ?

From: [email protected] (T Dolphin)

To: [email protected]

Hello Mike

     I've just visited you web site for the first time, (I'm new to the net ), it's great , I am hoping to set up something similar here in England though as I'm ALSO new to html it is going to take a while to get up and running .

     The first thing that strikes me when I see American tins is the quality and space used in advertizing in England it wasn't the "done thing" to be blatant in that area so there are a lot of highly decorative tins here and not so many with product and company names.

     My collection is mainly biscuit tins in the main from before 1939 I wouldbe interested to know if there are any places you know of that have English Export tins for sale or are they rare

     Will you put me on the mailing list for Tin Gathering it would be interesting to keep up with American interests, and if you think I could supply useful information at any time please drop me a line hope to hear from you soon

Regards Tracy

Click here BRITISH BISCUIT TINS to visit Tracy's new web site on these tins. Great site!


Info. about Ridgeway Tea Tin

      For LARice about his Ridgeway Tea Tin. This is a note of history. Queen Victoria lived from 1837-1901. King George VI succeeded Edward VIII on 12-12-36 (upon the abdication of Edward for his love, Wallis Simpson), & he was the farther of the current Queen Elizabeth II. He died of a heart attack on 6-2-1952. Therefore you know that the tin was made sometime between him being crowned 12-5-1937, (a year after becoming king), and his death in 1952.

     When a member of the Royal family purchases from a company, The Royal can "appoint" that company with the honor of being able to advertise that they are a purveyor to the Royal household, by using that Royal's "crest" or "Armorial Bearings" emblem in their advertising. All over England, but especially in London where there are many businesses that are patronized by the Royals, (and maybe for just one special item like soap, for instance), you will see the Royal's "crest" someplace around the doorframe of that shop. It is quite an honor for a business to receive this appointment. Most notably, the crest is seen for the Queen Mother, Prince Phillip, Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Charles. Therefore, if 3 of them purchase/shop at a particular store, all 3 crests might be above or beside the doorframe.

     So now we know that Queen Victoria bought Ridgeway's tea for the last 15 years of her life, & H. M. (His Majesty) King George VI was also a customer.

     You know that Ridgeways began in 1836, so now you could write to the export address you have on the tin just to see if someone answers, or you could find the address for General Foods Corp. & ask them if they have any historical info. according to your specific questions. You could also write to the London Tourist Bureau (in London, not any in the U.S.) & ask them if it's possible to look up the Ridgeway's current address. Also, in libraries, & maybe it's on the internet now, are huge volumes of books that list all the registered businesses in a city/country, & you could see about the address that way. It's categorized by the product they sell. How much do you want to know? The search goes according to that :).

Hope you enjoyed the fun-type history lesson.


More information on Huntley & Palmer Biscuit tins

More listings with a few photos

This biscuit tin is marked on the bottom Huntley & Palmers Biscuits Reading & London England....the size is 7 1/4" x 9" x 2" deep...the litho of the Victorian people is real nice.

Huntley & Palmers Biscuits, Reading & London England Tin with young Princess Elizabeth on horseback. This is a beautiful picture of H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth, Colonel of the Grenadier Guards. Measures: 7" x 10 1/4" x 2".

This Huntley & Palmers Biscuit tin is 5" in diameter & it shows Winnie the Pooh talking to his Australian friends. On the bottom it has the makers name along with where it was made, "Reading, Huyton (Liverpool) & London, England.

This Huntley & Palmers blue biscuit tin which says "Made In England" is 9" square and 4 3/4" tall. It has pictures of cherubs on the top plus all four sides. A label that describes what biscuits were in the tin  is on the bottom.

On the front is a picture of Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit. The bottom and sides are painted a complimentary red. "Peter Rabbit" is printed in black in small letters on the side along with "Huntley & Palmer's Biscuits". Tin measures 5"

Tin "To Commemorate The Wedding of HRH Prince Andrew To Miss Sarah Ferguson, 23rd July 1986" written on a white ribbon on a 1 1/2" wide royal blue border. A coloured picture of the happy couple is in a 5 1/2" center circle. A little 2" circle at the bottom of the picture has a crest and "By Appointment To Her Majesty The Queen Huntley & Palmers Biscuit Manufacturers". The overall measurements of this round tin are 8" in diameter by 2 1/4" in height.

This is a Huntley & Palmers English Biscuits Tin, age is unknown. It measures 8 3/4 in wide by 9 1/4 inches long. The front of the tin depicts a wintry scene with a young girl in a sleigh pulled by a goat and accompanied by a younger gentleman. In the sleigh with the girl is a box of Huntley & Palmers Biscuits.

GOAT TIN, Nice flat tin from Huntley & Palmers, Reading & London English Biscuits.

Great, round tin for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 features one of the first formal portraits of the new monarch and her husband, Prince Philip. The tin is 7" wide and deep, (3")and the sides feature arms of the Commonwealth and pictures of Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Holyrood and Windsor. By Huntley & Palmers.

This is a nice old Huntley & Palmers biscuit tin. It is 8 inches in diameter at the bottom and flares out to be slightly larger at the top. It is 3.75 inches high. It depicts a Grecian statuary scene with lots of cherubs. The lid top is embossed with a floral pattern. The side of the lid is numbered 1355/1726.

Another nice English biscuit tin from Huntley & Palmers. Tin approximately 7" in diameter, 1 3/4" tall. Colorful litho of castle in Scottish Lake Country, Tartan design with gold buckle clasp. Sides of tin read "Castle Shortbread" on front and rear, with Huntley & Palmers logo. Bottom of tin embossed Huntley & Palmers Biscuits, Reading, Huyton (Liverpool), & London, England.

Rare Huntley & Palmers Biscuit Tin. Reading & London England. The tin is unusual made in the shape of an old English Lantern. The tin opens at the top and is secured with a simple latch. It stands 9 inch tall and is 5 1/4inch at the base.

Huntley & Palmers Cocktail Snacks (with a cocktail glass graphic), triangular Huntley & Palmer biscuit tin. Rounded corners, approximately 6 1/2" on a side, 1 1/2" high.

Huntley and Palmers Soldier Biscuit Tin, This English figural biscuit tin by Huntley and Palmers stands 8-1/2"H 3-1/2"W numbered 308/786 and has its original H & P bottom label indexing the type of biscuits (cookies to us) inside. The filled tin originally cost .89 in US currency.

Huntley & Palmer Biscuits Tin. Reading & London, England. Nice graphics of Lock Katrine, Edinburgh Castle, Pass of Killiecrankie, Stirling Castle and Robert Burns (on top). Old. 4" wide x 5" high.

Old WINSTON CHURCHILL Biscuit Tin  Made by Huntley & Palmers Biscuits of Reading & London, England.

Mabel Lucie Attwell"Little Friends" round biscuit tin, Made for Huntley & Palmers. Dimensions are 5"diameter by 1&1/2"tall.Lid has a cute picture of a little girl in a boot, surrounded by littler people with wings!. It is signed "Mabel Lucie Attwell in the lower right corner.

Breakfast biscuit paper over tin box. This is what the box reads. Huntley & Palmers LTD. Reading and London. Ballerina and jester dancing together.

Vintage English Royalty Tin is 4 3/8" tall and 5" in diameter. It is a biscuit tin, and it commerating the English Royal Family on their visit to Canada and the US. I'm not exactly sure who the King & Queen are. On the lid is a family photo and says, "SOUVENIR OF THE VISIT OF THEIR MAJESTIES TO CANADA AND THE U.S.A.". Around the sides of the tin are flags from various English Commonwealths and photos of various feats of the English Government, RMS QUEEN MARY, MERSEY TUNNEL, BLUEBIRD etc. There are family photos of little girls HRH PRINCESS ELIZABETH and HRH PRINCESS MARGRET ROSE. There is family photos at home, boys camp and public appearances. On the base it says, "Huntley & Palmer Biscuits, Reading & London England.

Other Collectible H&P items

5" x 3" old trade card HUNTLEY PALMERS…The Royal Meet

3" x 4" old trade card HUNTLEY PALMERS…rare card relating old bicycle,1890's

Old Huntley Palmers trade card…1900's…Cricket players

5" x 3" old trade card HUNTLEY PALMERS…The PICNIC ( EPPING FORREST )

Rare Huntley Palmers trade card relating BASEBALL…1900's

5" X 33 old trade card, Huntley Palmers, STALKING PARTY, LOCH CALLATER…1900's

5" X 33 old trade card, Huntley Palmers…Luncheon on the sands,1900's, Adv on back for Huntley Palmers

3" x 4" old trade card…Huntley Palmers…Pape sous le nom de Silvestre II..Inventeur de l'horloge

4" x 3" old trade card…1900's…Huntley Palmers…Rare POLO view

Quaker Enterprize in Biscuits, Huntley and Palmers of Reading 1822-1972 by T A B Corley, Senior lecturer in Economis, University of Reading (England) published 1972. Colorful dust jacket with tears, minimal shelf wear on cover. 19 Black and white photos of key players ,buildings, advertisements, etc. "Both the Huntley and Palmer families were members of the Society of Friends, the effect of Quaker disciplines in their family and business relationships is here explored to the full.

A post WWI brochure for the Huntley & Palmers Biscuit Factory, outlining their Reconstruction plans to their employees and customers. 7 x 5", with 24 pages. It is high quality and was expensive to print, with pictures on each page and raised gold lettering on the soft cardboard cover. Cover reads, "Our Work In The Great War, (woman holding a sword and an olive branch)(raised gold coat-of-arms), Huntley & Palmers, Reading."

Other British Biscuit Tins

Jacob & Cos Creamy Crackers Tin, 1 inches by 6 1/2 inches. olt tin cracker box. From Liverpool, Reading. Ingredients and advertising on back is in several different languages.



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