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1914 Princess Mary Tin. 1914 - 2014

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    Hey guys,

    For Christmas this year I got a Princess Mary Tin.
    Nice way to honour the memory and history of Christmas 1914 - 2014.

    My son took quite a shining to it and tried to fit a lego truck in it.
    There were tears when I took it away, there would've been tears if he broke the lid off as well.....

    cheers
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    Very nice, these are so iconic of the first year of the great war and so apt at this time of year.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Cheers mate,
    I've wanted one for 20 years since I first saw my mates Princess Mary Tin.
    Although I remember his as being smaller.
    Did they come in different sizes? I heard some had pipes and tobacco etc... and lollies.
    Were they filled with all the same goodies or was it a lucky dip?
    Was there a difference between British tins and New Zealand tins maybe?

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    The official tins are all the same size, but the contents varied, the most common seems to have been with a packet of tobacco and cigarettes inside, a xmas card, some photos and in the cardboard box they were packed in there was a pen and a pipe. Other versions could contain sweets, or spices depending on who they were intended for.


    Collections Search for "princess mary's gift to the troops" | Imperial War Museums
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    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    I like the display above very much . I didn't get to display mine anywhere except on facebook page !

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    Quote by Rob truscott View Post
    I like the display above very much . I didn't get to display mine anywhere except on facebook page !
    Rob, that is the display from the IWM WWI gallery. I wish I could claim to have mine that well displayed, but my tin is empty, though it is on show.
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    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Thanks Jerry,
    I see . Your display is nice to ... more homely ! I cant remember the way they displayed the Princess Mary tin at IWM . I was ambivalent as to the improvement on the WW1 galleries . Somehow the old ones had more effect. The ramp leading down to WW1 displays more clearly layed out . lines of uniforms on manikins undisturbed by other artifacts . I suppose what we collectors look for isn't always how a museum works . The French do museums best for WW1 perhaps ?

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    Indeed Rob, I did not enjoy the new layout as much as I remember enjoying it on previous visits. As you say, perhaps not designed for collectors, more for app driven, attention span deficit suffering youths.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Nice to see a bit of trench art in there. I see a bit of it come up from
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    Some of it is really good.

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    Quote by Danger View Post
    Nice to see a bit of trench art in there. I see a bit of it come up from
    time to time.
    Some of it is really good.
    I have just the two pieces, one hand engraved for the 38th Welsh Div and the other very nicely beaten into the likeness of a woman.
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    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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