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Princess Mary's gift tin 1914

Article about: Thanks Mike. A very useful guide. I have saved the pics from the auctions and also labeled them for future reference. Cheers, Ade.

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    Hi Guys, I have wanted to obtain one of these for many years, but I have desired a good condition example which retained it's original gilding over the brass metal which the tins are made of. Most have been heavily polished over the last 90 odd years. I was at a show this weekend and finally found one in the condition I was looking for and at the right price. It even has a few tiny traces of tobacco inside.

    I do have one promised to me by a family member but it might be many years before that comes to me.

    For info about these tins and the history behind them see this link:

    Imperial War Museum Collections > Exhibits & Firearms > Frequently Asked Questions : Princess Mary's Gift to the Troops, Christmas 1914

    There are a least seven known makers variations to the dies used to make the tin.



    Cheers, Ade.
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    Ade you've seen this before .. it's rough, .. and I think WW1 .. Princess Alexanda gift tin.
    (If anybody has further details on this tin, I would be interested ..)

    G.
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    I remember that one Gary, and I have still to see another one like it.

    Here is another gift tin from the Great War which I have in my collection. This time just for chocolate.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Hi, i've got a couple of these tins, one brass and the other plated. One had part of a receipt dated 1919 for the tin and the christmas card, thats all he got, presumably for a pow making a late claim. The ciggys and chocolate had long since disappeared.
    I believe the origin of the idea for this tin came from the one Queen Victoria sent to the troops in the Boer war 13-14 years earlier. These tins sometimes surface but there are repros. The main problem with the WW1 tin is the hinges which tend to go.

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    Hi Ade ..I've had one for years and always watch for them. I found a Smokers version and luckily , neither the Pipe Tobacco or Cigarettes were ever opened. I have seen the repros and once you compare them with an original , they stick out.
    I'd love to find the Lighter and Princess Mary photo Card that belonged with mine.
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    Hi Guys, thanks for the comments.

    I had not heard of repros of the Queen Victoria tin before? I have toyed with buying one of these. Most seen to sell around the 45 mark here. Any tips on fakes of these?

    I have seen the contents for sale, always in tins. I have always been very wary of these. Again any tips on fakes would be great.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Hi Ade ..One quick thing to look for , see how the Foil Wrap has a faint embossed "Diamond" pattern to it ? None of the repros I've seen have that. I even saw one set of packs that were completely wrapped in Paper with no Foil showing at all ...and the paper was thin and crisp.

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    Hi Mike, I have observed that diamond pattern on some packs I have seen. I did not know if it meant they were good or not. Thanks!

    Cheers, Ade.

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    So far I've seen 2 diamond patterns used on the real ones...the large style like mine ...and a smaller diamond pattern as well.
    There's one Ebay auction that sells repro contents but , you can't see the foil but you can see how the printing is much bolder on the packs.
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    PRINCESS MARY (1915 CARD)CHRISTMAS TIN CONTENTS (REPRO) on eBay, also Medals Ribbons, World War I 1914-1918, Militaria, Collectables (end time 17-Nov-08 12:45:41 GMT)

    Here's an original with the smaller diamond pattern--
    PRINCESS MARY'S GIFT TIN WITH CIGARETTES, TOBACCO ETC. on eBay, also Other World War I Militaria, World War I 1914-1918, Militaria, Collectables (end time 19-Nov-08 18:18:07 GMT)

    And another showing the larger pattern like mine (look at left pack)
    Princess Mary Forces Tin Original Tobacco + Cigarettes on eBay, also Tins, Food, Advertising, Collectables (end time 16-Nov-08 19:32:11 GMT)

    Here's basic info on the sets --
    The Princess Mary Christmas Box 1914

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    It is heartwarming to find out that Mary's Christmas Box has not been forgoten ...it has become a tradition.
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