A set of four graduated vintage "Swee-Touch-Nee" Tea Tins or Caddies. All fit into one. The Consolidated Tea Company (which appears to have gone out of business in 2017) was founded quite a while ago. It packaged and sold a blend of loose black teas. It had a connection to Russia as it's name is an amalgam of the Russian word for flower (Цветочный) i.e. "tsvetochny". The earliest tins made by this company actually spell out the Russian word with big letters in pre-revolutionary Russian orthography and "Swee-touch-nee" just below, but it seems that market resistance to an unknown word as well as political winds, demanded a complete shift over to English letters. We've even seen the word "zvetouchny" on some tins, which might have been an interim solution. 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..." We offer a set of four tins which just happen to nest together. In various conditions: good to very good condition.
Largest tin is 6"x 4½"x 4", 2nd largest is 4½"x 3 x 3, third largest is 4 x 2½x 3 and the smallest is 3¼"x 2"x 2¼". With exception of the second tin, all are domed. All are hinged with exception of third, which is a lift off. The second one differs from all the rest being made in England (stated) with a much less prominent dome (more like a pillow top). The pin through the hinged top has been replaced and is a bit loose. The smallest has the two language name and is the most distressed. All in rustic condition. Price is for all four.