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Thermos Brand Domed Metal Lunch Box and Thermos

11 Jun


The lunch box and thermos was a staple for working men throughout the1900’s and this particular model dates from the 50’s to the 60’s. This is the Thermos Brand, made in USA.  You can read all about how people started to use lunch boxes on the Wikipedia site   It makes for very interesting reading.

The thermos pictured was not original to this lunch box but it is the model that went with this particular lunch box at the time.  The lunch box has a few dings and obvious wear. The thermos is also quite well used, the plastic lid slightly faded and the red plastic rim quite discoloured.  Still, they make an interesting and fun display.

For sale at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON.

Priced at $15 for the pair.  A great deal!!

Please note: These items are now SOLD!!

Vintage Mid Century Revolving Painted Tin Musical Cake Plate

15 May



I really think this was a Fab Find!!  It is a revolving musical tin cake plate with beautiful red roses on the top.  It does work and plays a song but not Happy  Birthday.   To make it work, simply rotate the top plate clockwise on the base until it is slightly harder to turn, then push the small lever on the side to release the plate.

Priced at $15, this item will be for sale at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON.

Please note this item is now SOLD!!



1960’s Children’s Metal Waste Baskets with Embossed Designs

11 May




These two waste baskets are adorable with their iconic mid century children’s designs.  I believe someone sprayed the interiors with red paint as they were originally brass coloured inside.  Probably had some wear to them and wanted to freshen them up.  The surfaces are in quite good condition with some very minor scratches and would still be nice to display or use in a child’s room.\

There is the remnant of a sticker with the date 1962 on one of them.

These will be for sale at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON.

Priced at $ 15 each.

Please note:  These are both now SOLD!!!


Antique Princess Mary 1914 Brass Cigarette Tin with Cigarettes & Tobacco

11 May

queen mary cigarette boxqueen mary cig box with cigs









I have already sold this item on ebay, but I wanted to showcase it here as it was a really unique and wonderful item and had survived 100 years in remarkable condition.

Antique Brass Cigarette/Tobacco Tin, given to the troops by Princess Mary as a gift for Christmas during World War I in 1914.   Tin measures 5″ long x 3 1/2″ wide x 1 1/8″ high.
If the soldier didn’t smoke, the same tins containing chocolate or candy or other small items were given instead of tobacco.

Embossed with the following on the lid: Princess Mary’s silhouette surrounded by Laurel Leaves and the letters M on either side; Christmas 1914, Imperium Britannicum, Russia, France, Belgium, Japan, Servia, and Monte Negro.

The tin contained the original packs of Tobacco, Cigarettes and the presentation card from Her Royal Highness Princess Mary wishing Best Wishes for a Happy Christmas and Victorious New Year, Christmas Fund 1914. The cigarette pack was opened with 19 cigarettes remaining in the pack.  Each cigarette has a Princess Mary logo on the paper.  The package of tobacco was unopened.

Recently on TV, on a documentary about the Coast of Scotland, my ears perked up when I heard the commentator mention  a brass cigarette tin from Princess Mary that survived a shipwreck off the coast of Scotland at the end of the first world war.  The tin was identical to the one in the above photo and it was all the woman had to remember her husband by after the shipwreck.  His body was never recovered.

The following is from Wikipedia:

The Iolaire was carrying sailors who had fought in the First World War back to the Scottish island of Lewis. She left the port of Kyle of Lochalsh on the mainland late on the evening of the 31 December 1918. But, at 2:30am on New Year’s Day, as the ship approached the port of Stornoway, a few yards offshore and a mile away from the safety of Stornoway Harbour, she hit the infamous rocks “The Beasts of Holm”, and eventually sank. The final death toll was officially put at 205, of whom 181 were islanders, but as the ship was badly overcrowded and there was a lack of proper records the death toll could have been slightly higher. John F. Macleod from Ness, Isle of Lewis, saved 40 lives, swimming ashore with a heaving line, along which many of the survivors made their way to safety. Only 75 of the 280 (officially known) passengers survived the disaster, 73% perished in the incident.


Pink Kitchen Canister Set, ca. 1950’s

19 Jan

pink canisters

Straight out of a 1950’s kitchen, this lovely pink canister set has some wear to the titles on the tins but otherwise in very nice vintage condition.  Insides are fairly clean with some minor erosion along the lower edges.   Outside surfaces have some slight scratches and paint loss.  Lids are in good condition.

For sale at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON.

Please note this set is now SOLD!!!!

Priced at $45 for the set.


Vintage Metal Picnic Basket, Green Plaid Design and Wood Handles

29 May


Recently acquired at an estate sale, this painted metal picnic basket is in excellent condition.  It is clean inside and out, with only minor wear on the surfaces.    Approximately 13 ” wide and 9″ tall.   Made by GSW ca. 1950’s or early 60’s.

For sale at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON.  Price is $28

Please note: This item is now SOLD!!

Westbend Aluminum Cake Saver ca 1950’s

15 Feb


Very nice condition on this vintage Westbend Aluminum Copper coloured cake saver.  The bottom has two sliding latches that hold the top in place for carrying.  I believe this is ca. 1950’s or early 60’s.   The plate measures approx. 14 1/2″ across.  This will be for sale at my booth in Almonte Antique Market, Almonte ON for $20.

Please note this items is now SOLD!!

Lincoln Beautyware Canister Set

17 Nov

Lincoln Beautryware canisters

Lincoln Beautyware Canisters made in the US ca. 1960’s.  Brushed chrome finish and wood handles.   Remember when every home had a bread box?  I don’t think they are as widely used today as they take up so much room on a counter.   I found this set a local auction and was lucky enough to get them for a good price.  A must have though if you want that retro look in your kitchen.  These are for sale at my booth in Almonte.

Note: This set is now SOLD!!

Campbells Soup Tins

5 Oct
Campbells Soup Tins

Vintage Campbells Soup Tins and Cookbook

Please note this item is now SOLD!!!