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1914 Tin Box

Postby PAT 1652 » 30 Jun 2019, 11:01

Please can anyone help with info about this 'silver' tin box, I'm thinking obviously to do with WW1, would love to know more information.

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Re: 1914 Tin Box

Postby Tresagreen » 30 Jun 2019, 11:19

Hello Pat, we have one exactly like this. They were given out to the troops with chocolates inside. Think they might have contained cigarettes or tobacco too. If you google Princess Mary gift fund box, there is a whole heap of information about them. Some have been shown on antiques programmes with contents still inside. T
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Re: 1914 Tin Box

Postby EWW » 30 Jun 2019, 11:38

They are nice boxes and when I was a smoker I used to keep my Golden Virginia, roller, and papers in one.
1000s of them about and in that condition worth about a fiver. (Not Silver)
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Re: 1914 Tin Box

Postby PAT 1652 » 30 Jun 2019, 11:51

WOW burst my bubble why don't you lol :lol:
Pretty sure it wasn't silver as could not find any hallmark, the one I have belonging to my neighbour is quite shiny for it's age. Looks like I will be hanging on to it as he now tells me it came from his wife's side of the family and we were related, so I now have a WW1 heirloom :D
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Re: 1914 Tin Box

Postby desira37 » 30 Jun 2019, 21:51

These boxes should be brass colour and some contained spices and senior naval men had a silver bullet pencil in theirs with the silver hallmark lower ranks only had the bullet pencil in theirs. They also contained a Christmas card and a photo of Princess Mary.
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Re: 1914 Tin Box

Postby EWW » 01 Jul 2019, 07:32

The Imperial War Museum says that the tins had several different sets of contents at times. So many were made that
the contents became in short supply so were filled with other stuff. The IWM says that the Indian troops recieved the
tins with the spices in. Over two and a half million were made and it was decided that due to the shortage of metal
that they would be discontinued.

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