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Posted in Atlas Tea with tags , on March 5, 2010 by teatins

This tin comes from the Netherlands and dates from c1910.

Packed by the van Seuren & Smit J. CZN, Delft, the tin contained 1/4 lb blended Pecco tea.

Size: 6.4 x 6.4 x 10.4 cm

To see more details, please click on the images.

front and back side of the tin

left and right side of the tin


чай from Russia: Wassily Perlov & Sons

Posted in Tea from Russia with tags , , , on March 1, 2010 by teatins

The letterings on the tin tell us that Perlov & Sons were Purveyors to the Court. The company existed in Moscow since 1787. The tin contained 1/2 pound of “Sinschenchu” Tea. The price was 1 ruble and 10 kopecks.

A tin in typical household size (11.2 x 8.2 x 7.1 cm) from c1900. Click on the pictures to see the beautiful details.






Dutch Tea Tin

Posted in Unbranded Tea Tins with tags , , , on February 20, 2010 by teatins

This unbranded tin dates from c 1910.
No indication of the tea company or the tin manufacturer.
Size: 16.5 x 16.5 x 15 cm


front & back

right & left side

The Russian Word for Tea is чай

Posted in Tea from Russia, tin plates with tags , , , , on February 18, 2010 by teatins

Russian tea tins are among the most beautiful tea tins I have seen up to now. Russians love tea, and I love Russian tea tins. The tins are usually very colorful, very imaginative design, showing often very lively scenes. And sometimes scenes from everyday life.

Here is shown a small advertising tea tin plate, maybe it was a tip tray, or a giveaway for customers. I guess it dates from c1910. Diameter is 11.6 cm.

Please note that the scene shows the typical Russian way of preparing tea with a samowar. Please also note that the man in the picture drinks his tea from the saucer, not from the cup. A way of drinkíng tea which avoids that you burn your tongue – the tea cools down in the saucer much faster than in the cup.

Make sure you don’t overlook the cat!

MAZAWATTEE Old Folks at Home – Sample Tin

Posted in Mazawattee, Sample Tins with tags , , , on February 8, 2010 by teatins

This design is for sure the most well-known and famous one of Mazawattee tins: the granny and the little girl – old folks at home. Here it comes in the rare sample version. Dates from c 1910. Size: 6.4 x 4.9 x 1.8 cm.


Posted in Boehringer, Tea Companies - General Info with tags , , , on February 8, 2010 by teatins

A company of German origin located in Colombo, Ceylon, with a European branch in Hamburg, Germany.

The history of the tea company is closely related to two German bio-pharmaceutical companies, Boehringer Mannheim and Boehringer Ingelheim.

Christian Friedrich Boehringer founded a “Drogenhandlung” (a business for medicinal drugs) in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1817. The business was moved to Mannheim in 1872 by his son Christoph Heinrich; this was the company which was named C. F. Boehringer, later “Boehringer Mannheim.” This company was temporarily directed by Christoph Heinrich and his brother Christian Gottfried (1818-1864). Ernst Boehringer, the older son of Christoph Heinrich B., inherited this company. When he died in 1892, his business partner Friedrich Engelhorn inherited the company. Boehringer Mannheim was taken over in 1997 by Roche.

Albert Boehringer (1861-1939), Ernst’s brother and the younger son of Christoph Heinrich, established his own fully independent chemical factory in Ingelheim in 1885. 1892 he re-named this company as “C. H. Boehringer Son”, which later became “Boehringer Ingelheim.”

Christian Gottlob Friedrich Boehringer (1859-1935) was the son of Christian Gottfried B. and emigrated to Ceylon in 1894 as a trader of cinchona bark. 2 years later, in 1896, his cousin Albrecht (not: Albert) entered his company, which from then on was named “Ch. & A. Boehringer.” They were traders of quinine, other alkaloids, rubber—and TEA! The name of this company was sometimes spelt “Boehringer”, sometimes in the German way “Böhringer.” Christian Gottlob Friedrich B. viewed Ceylon as his second home and reported about his experiences and life in Ceylon in a book (“Ein Menschenalter kolonialer Erfahrungen auf der Insel Ceylon”; Walther Dachsel, Leipzig, 1930. Recommended!). After WW1, this Boehringer company became a part of Freudenberg & Co. If you are interested to learn more about life and business in Ceylon from 1873 to 1948, you might also enjoy Walther Freudenberg’s book (“Von deutscher Arbeit auf Ceylon. Erinnerungen und Erfahrungen des Hauses Freudenberg & Co., Colombo seit 1873.” 2nd edition, Bremen 1949).

All three companies of the Boehringer family are economically fully independent from each other.

MY LORD Sample Tin

Posted in Sample Tins, Tea Tins by Company with tags , , on February 8, 2010 by teatins

French tea sample tin, dates from c 1915.
Size: 4.6 x 6.1 x 1.9 cm.

Text on the back side of the tin:
“Sample of “MY LORD” Tea. Packed by the order of the Indian Tea Association, Calcutta—London. “En vente dans toutes les Bonnes Epiceries. Vente en gros Demaurex Freres, Morges.”

I have no further information about the tea company or the tin manufacturer.