These old hand-blown glass storage jars that were used to display products in old-fashioned high street shops are now very hard to find and are hot advertising collectables.
This one is a heavy glass-lidded jar or container for storing or displaying potato crisps or chips on a shop counter. These lidded jars would not have held loose crisps - but a selection of little packets for sale, probably a selection of wee waxed paper packets made by Smiths - one of the leading brands at this time.
The jar is Art Deco in shape and the lettering on the lid is certainly a font popular in the 1920s / 1930s.
The glass pot is in excellent condition. Nice and clean with no chips or cracks. I have owned this for nearly 30 years - and have always kept of in my display cabinet - so in excellent condition. I am need a little more storage space - so it is with a bit of regret that I am putting it up for sale.
It is marked on the lid (as photographed) Potato Crisps and on the other side of the lid with the initials S C W S (for Saint Cuthbert's Wholesale Society. The lettering is completely original to the jar and they have never been touched up, repainted or restored. As nice as the day the jar was made!
St Cuthbert's had their head office at Fountainbridge in Edinburgh. Sean Connery used to work for them as a milk boy - and the office is just 5 minutes from where he was born.
These old antique shop storage jars are now keenly sought after and this is reflected in my asking price. It is good original antique condition and the lettering on the jar lid is intact and fully legible.
It is 10 inches in height and 7 inches in diameter.
It is a heavy item and unpacked it is nearly 2.4 kg in weight.
Sadly, it would have to be an item that could be posted in the UK. It would have to be sent with Parcelforce courier service - and this would cost about £10 which applied to your order at the checkout stage.
Free delivery would be offered in the Edinburgh area.