Our Antiques

Hacks English Sore Throat Lozenge Tin


Not so old (mid 1970's)

Great looking metal tin with a twist off lid.  This is a 5 pound container for "Hacks", a Hard Candy Cough Drops made in Southport England.

Though we do tend to love all things candy related, it has always seemed a bit odd to advertise a Hard Candy lozenge with the image of a strange looking English Gentleman blowing his nose into a cloth hankie.  That might explain while they are not still around.

10 inches tall, 6 inches wide, 5 inches deep.

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Hershey's Progress Cocoa Tin

Original Hershey Cocoa Tin (Yes, THAT Hershey's) made for bulk sales.

Metal Tin measures 18 inches tall and is 12 inches x 12 inches wide.

Dated from approximately 1906 this tin originally held approx 17 pounds of Hershey Progress Cocoa (At the time, 5 pounds wholesaled for about $1)

Though the side label is not complete it shows the original Formula for Hot Chocolate:

Make a thick paste by adding slowly cold water to 4 ounces of Cocoa Powder.  Stir thoroughly until all lumps are worked out of the Cocoa and then add this to one quart of boiling water.  Stir for about 6 or 7 minutes. Add to this one (*missing*) of rich milk and serve from urn.

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Shawmut Brand Seidlitz Powder Tin Box

Great little metal box with a lift off lid. Approximately 1930's

Distributed by Gilman Brothers of Boston, Mass.

Originally held 12 sealed doses of Shawmut Laxatives. The tin claims it as an aid in the Relief of Heartburn, Gas due to excess acidity of the stomach. Also an aid in the Relief of Headache when caused by occasional Constipation.

The three ingredients of Seidlitz powders (tartaric acid, potassium sodium tartrate and sodium bicarbonate) were manufactured by chemical factories from the mid-19th century onwards.

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Putnam Fadeless Dye Display Box

An amazing store display box for Putnam Fadeless Dyes.

The display box itself is a solid wood box coated with White Enamel baked on Steel. The front panel is actually a flip top lid.

Inside is great advertising sign describing all of the colors and instructions for each.

Within our box is also a treasure of 21 full boxes of the Tintex Dyes including Chartreuse, Orchid, American Beauty, Dusty Pink, Nile Green,Jungle Green, Armir Gray, Cocktail Blue, Brilliant Yellow, Old Rose, Pink, and Whitex Wonder Bluing, all in their original 25¢ boxes

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Prince Albert Crimp Cut Tobacco Can

It was the start of the Prank Call ... "Do you have Price Albert in a can ... You better let him out!"

The tin sit approximately 7 inches high and is about 5 inches in diameter.  Tax Stamp dates this can August 5th, 1909.

Long Burning Pipe and Cigaraette Tobacco by R.J Reynolds Tobacco Company of Winston Salem, NC.  USA

Can states:

Tobacco is prepared for smoking under the process discovered in making experiments to produce the most delightful and wholesome tobacco for cigarette and pipe smokers.

Process Patented July 30th 1907.


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Rameses II Cigarette Tin Case

This is a good sized tin for a Cigarette case as most from this time were 4 inches or so, this one is 6" x 4.5" x 1.5".

Rameses II made by Stephano Brothers of Philadelphia, PA.

The tin still has the original Tax Stamp (Series 107 - 100 Cigarette Stamp).

The label on the bottom reads "Factory No 2032 - 1st District State of PA Notice.  The manufacturer of the cigarettes herein contained has complied with all the requirements of law.  Every person is cautioned not to use either this box for cigarettes again or the stamp thereon again, nor to remove the contents of this box without destroying said stamp, under the penalties provided by law in such cases"

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Granger Rough Cut Pipe Tobacco Tin

A good sized round tin for tobacco.

The tin sits about 6 inches tall, and is about 5 inches in diameter.

Pipe Tobacco by the Liggett & Meyers Tobacco Co.

Can states:

This good old Kentucky Burley owes its extra fragrance and mildness to "Wellman's Method" - an old-time tobacco secret.  The Rough Cut burns more slowly and completely, so you get what every pipe smoker wants - "A cooler smoke in a drier pipe"


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Prof. Taylor's Sarsaparilla Vapor Candle

One of my favorite antiques in the whole store.  It's amazing what you used to get away with in your advertising.

This is a 4.5 inch diameter Tin holding a candle (The candle is still intact) made by Village Handmade Candles of Minnetonka, Minnesota.

The side of the can warns you: "Ready-at-hand as soon as the tainted odor makes it's ugly presence known!!

It's Pure - That's Sure!

Prepared by our Experienced Chemist!

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Hoffman's Gold Medal Polish

A small screw top can (approximately 4.5 inches) for Hoffman's Gold Medal Polish made by the Geo. Wm Hoffman Co of Indianapolis, New York, Chicago and San Francisco.

The can held a Half Pint of polish made for cleaning and polishing all metals.

the label states: "Contains neither gum nor any other injurious substance.  Is a perfect cream emulsion, leaves no sediment and will not separate.  Is the best on the market for automobile, office and General Purpose use.

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Velvet Pipe & Cigarette Tobacco Tin

Small flip top Tin container from the Liggett & Myers Tobacco Co for their Brand 'Velvet' tobacco.

Made in Missouriat Factory #74.

"America's Smoothest Smoke

Made from the best sun-ripened Kentucky Burley Tobacco aged to mellow perfection in Nature's Slow but Sure way."

"Every person is cautioned, under penalties of law, not to use this package for tobacco again"

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Dark Red Egyptian Turnip Beet Seed Packet


A Packet of Seeds from Jerome B. Rice & co. of Cambridge NY.

Packed for season 1891, This pack is still sealed and has the seeds inside!

The description on the package states: A new, early and superior variety, quite distinct, very deep red, tender and delicious; in form like the Flat Dutch Turnip;

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Saxon Coffee Tin

A Saxon Brand Coffee Container from the E.D. Keys & Co. Distributors of Rutland, Vermont.  It held One pound of Ground Coffee. E.D. Keyes & Co. was a Vermont Importer who began operations back in 1871. 

The trademark on the box has a Patent Date of 1913.

The directions say this is a 'Steel-Cut' coffee , and that you add 1 tablespoon of coffee for each cup of water, let it come to a boil, and then pour in a half cup of cold water, stir, strain, and serve. 

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