A set of four "Swee-Touch-Nee" Vintage Tea Tins or Caddies. "Swee-Touch-Nee" transliterates the Russian word “tsvetochny”, which means flower. The Consolidated Tea Company (which appears to have gone out of business in 2017) was founded a long time ago. It packaged and sold a blend of loose black teas.
These are the earliest tins made by this company that spell out the Russian word "Цветочный" with big letters in pre-revolutionary Russian orthography. One of the smaller tins and the large one spell out Zvetouchny underneath. The other small tin spells out "Swee-touch-nee" just below the Russian, and one does neither of the above, and is probably the earliest of the four. It is also a bit heavier than the other two smaller ones. Thus these tins indicate a transitional marketing timeline. Eventually, it seems a resistance to an unknown word - Цветочный - as well as the prevailing political winds demanded a complete shift over to English letters. The earliest tins date to at least 1947. Tins have prize-winner medallions on the side from the 1913 36th Exposition Internationale in Paris. In the 1980's, the company shifted to paper boxes with the same design of a red and gold treasure chest or trunk. The company trademark design was registered this way: "The mark consists of a box representing a steamer style trunk with corner plates, top and side vertical straps, edge banding and the word "SWEE-TOUCH-NEE" within a ribbon banner appearing on the top and sides of the trunk..."
In various collectible conditions: about good to very good condition. Small ones are 3¼"x 2"x 2¼" and the large one is 4¾" x 3½" x 3". Four tins in all. 1 set only.