I have just listed two antique tin objects, both very different from each other and neither were originally intended for the dolls house!
I have handled two of these German tin pencil sharpener globes previously over the years but this latest one, compared to the other two, is in amazing condition. The patina of the colours are simply wonderful and it is a very tactile object....I love it!
As an illustration on how the world map has changed since this was created, you can see the country of Persia....which I understand changed to Iran in the mid 1930s?
There is a hole at the bottom of the globe where the pencil would have been inserted. The globe unscrews at the equator and you can see the internal part of the pencil sharpener.
This would look fantastic sitting in an old dolls house living room or drawing room, maybe on a small table or cupboard top? It measures 2" in height so would be suitable for a 1/12th or larger scale dolls house or maybe a smaller vintage dolls house where scale does not matter.
The second unusual antique tin item is a Co-operative Wholesale Biscuit Sample Tin....amazing, very old and quite rare!
I am well aware that this will not be everyone's "cup of tea" paticularly as the paintwork is considerably worn. However, even though this is a bit on the large side, standing at 1 3/4" high, it would look splendid in a vintage dolls house kitchen or pantry.....or even a vintage shop. The exact age is unknown but has to be from at least the 1920s-30s...possibly older.
What I particularly love about this tin is this embossed statement underneath which says "THE ONLY 8 HOUR BISCUIT WORKS IN ENGLAND". This gives it a real sense of history. I did a bit of sleuthing to see if I could find out more on what this statement meant and was pleasantly surprised to find out that the employer was quite a pioneer in the way it looked after it's employees.
Apparently, the Crumpsall Biscuit Works opened in 1873 at Lower Crumpsall, Manchester (UK). Employees were given a brilliant working environment which actually included sports facilities such as a football and cricket club, tennis courts, a recreation ground plus a bowling green. I understand that there was a dining room with discounted food and the facility of free warming for packed dinners. They were even provided a library and board /card games. How fantastic and pioneering was that!