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Object ID # 1959.002.066
Object Name Tin
Title Christie's Biscuits Tin
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Year Range from 1916
Made made for the Christie, Brown & Co. Ltd.
Place of Origin Toronto
Description Christie's Biscuits tin. It is almost a perfect metal cube, with a thin hinged lid. It appears that most of the sides were covered with paper labels originally, but they have all but fallen off. The front label is roughly half-present, and "Christie's Biscuits" is legible, along with the image of a seal saying " "CHRISTIE, BROWN AND COMPANY LIMITED - TORONTO / NET WEIGHT." small block of text saying "-ACH FINGER / -ESIGN REGD AND PATENTED 1916". The right side has two fragments left, with the letters C and B. On the back, the entire label is still there, and it says "Christie's Biscuits" in large letters, illustrations of the medals won by the company, and "Made in Canada". The left side has no label at all, but the word "Shoes" has been written there in black magic marker. The accession card notes it a "Tea caddy (large, tin)", which suggests that it once held biscuits, but perhaps was re-used later on in which to store loose tea.
Makers mark "CHRISTIE, BROWN AND COMPANY LIMITED - TORONTO / NET WEIGHT." small block of text saying "-ACH FINGER / -ESIGN REGD AND PATENTED 1916".
Provenance This item formerly belonged to the family of William G. Reid, who was a son of George Inglis Reid and Clara Reid (née Milson). His grandparents were William Reid (1819-1905) and Catherine Inglis (1846-1923) who came from Scotland and farmed in the Walters Falls area of Grey County. His maternal grandparents were William and Elizabeth (Dixon) Milson, who farmed in the Goring district of Euphrasia Township, Grey County.
The tin has a design on it that was registered in 1916 (during the First World War), so the tin likely is from the late 1910s. The Christie, Brown and Co. Ltd. biscuit factory was located at Toronto.
Collection Commercial Equipment Collection
Material Tin/Ink/Paper
Dimensions H-23.7 W-21.9 L-23.7 cm
Found Grey County, Ontario
People Reid, W. G.
Reid, Jean
Reid, George Inglis
Reid, Clara
Subjects Cookies