This is another little interesting design item dating to the early 20th century.
This is a copy of a design for a pewter box - which was originally designed by the celebrated Arts & Crafts designer, Archibald Knox for sale in Liberty.
This little box - however - is not made in pewter but in much lighter, moulded aluminium, and it was issued as a little lidded biscuit box or tin.
It was probably made as an advertising item for a functional biscuit barrel - and intended for customers who could not afford a Knox original or wished to use it every day.
My box is in pretty fine vintage condition - with no major dents or dings. It displays well - and at £45 is a fraction of the price of a pewter Knox original.
Aluminium Biscuit Box - Modelled on a Pewter Arts & Crafts Design which was originally made for Liberty by Archibald Knox.
There is the mark on the bottom for the makers; NCJ Ltd (N.C. Joseph Ltd Works on Birmingham Road, Stratford-upon-Avon)
Interesting collectable - showing how commercial manufacturers managed in the early 20th century to mass-produce more upmarket specialist homewares.
Dimensions: diameter is 5 1/4 inches. Height, including knop on the lid, is 4 1/2 inches.