Gosh! this is such a rare antique tin - dating to the end of the 19th century or the beginning of the 20th century.
It is the original tin that contains two charcoal rod refills that you would use in your Instra Hand Warmer. There is an actual warmer in the collection of the National Trust - but I have been unable to find another tin with the rods still intact - or indeed in such fabulous antique condition.
As you can see my tin is just near pristine - just a tin touch of loss to the gold on the back - but with no other losses or damages. The charcoal refills - wow! I cant believe that they have survived.
The advertisement on this tin makes some mighty claims: Warmth is Life. Relieves Lumbago, Rheumatism, Neuralgia - Prevents and Cures Chills.
The Instra seems to have a patent - made to Instra's, 47 Cannon Street in London.
Taken lots of images so that you can assess the condition of this very rare survivor.
Probably an item for a collector of more specialist quake medical items or scientific items. Appealing to of course to the collector of antique tins and Victorian advertising.
My price reflects this tin's rarity - you won't find another with contents for a long time!
Dimensions: length is just under 11 cm. Depth is 3.5 cm and the height is 2 cm