This is a harder to find antique tin - made as a commemorative piece dating to the beginning of the Great War - so about 1914 in date.
It shows events, characters and people involved in the early conflicts of World War One.
It would have originally been made to hold tea leaves inside it - and would probably have been produced by a company like Ridgway.
Obviously - this old tin has some condition issues - commensurate with age and use - so let me give you an in-depth condition report.
The lid features a portrait of Earl Kitchener of Khartoum - he is in a medallion with laurel wreaths to each side and behind is a Union Jack. There are some little losses to the decoration - a wee scuff to Kitchener's face and to the right-hand side laurel wreath - but not too disfiguring.
Please also see my interesting Staffordshire Figurine showing Lord Kitchener on horseback.
To the sides we have - on the front - another portrait medallion of Field Marshall Sir John French. There is a cavalry charge and interestingly some charging camels also in the background. The image is in pretty good condition with no major losses. There is an old hard residue of a thin single length sticky tape down the front (no longer sticky)- which you only see when the tin is turned to the light - but again not disfiguring.
The image on the back shows Admiral Jellicoe - and battleships behind him. This image is pretty good condition.
On each of the shorter sides are images of two British Red Cross Nurses; and images of Baden Powell's Boy Scouts. These are again fine and scuff free.
The inside of the tin is a dull metal colour - with the tin oxidising (as you often find) over the last hundred years. The base is also the same tone.
There are no dents or breaks in the metal - no rusting - and the lid is still hinged and opens and closed easily.
The tin measures: 9.5 cm in height. It is 9.5 cm wide and has a depth of 7.5 cm.
This is a very fine and sought after Great War souvenir - these were only produced for a short period of time at the start of the war when there was still a certain jingoism and celebration of the fighting - and before the carnage dragged on and on relentlessly for years.
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