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Silver-colored sugar tin made by De Gruyter with various images

SKU: 2442
€ 9,95
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Silver-colored sugar tin made by De Gruyter with various images.  

  • Manufacturer: De Gruyter
  • Date of manufacture: 1950 - 1960

Square silver-colored tin for sugar. On the sides, there are 4 different images. At the front are 2 women and a man at the table drinking something. On the right side a woman at a piano with three children in the background watching. The back shows an older man and woman playing with 2 children. The image on the left looks like Vermeer's milkmaid, a woman in a kitchen with a jug in her hands. On top of the lid, a kind of star figure with extra decorations is depicted.

The cover is a loose lid. The tin is closed under the lid and has a dispensing opening in one of the corners.

The tin is embossed and shows no recognizable marks. Decorated with the inscription "Suiker" on each top of the tin.

This tin is in an original vintage condition with traces of use and age-related traces of wear.


  •  Height: 17.9 cm.
  • Length: 10.2 cm.
  • Width: 10 cm.

De Gruyter was a retailer in the Netherlands in the 19th century and 20th century (until 1976). At its peak, there were more than 550 stores and nearly 7,500 employees.

Piet the Gruijter (1795-1867), started in 1818 in 's-Hertogenbosch with a horse fry mill, a listing for the processing of legumes, seeds, and grains. Later, his son Louis (1833-1911) took over the company. The clientele consisted mainly of farmers near 's-Hertogenbosch.

At the end of the 19th century, a chain of stores was added, initially in 's-Hertogenbosch. In 1896 a shop in Utrecht was opened and in 1902 one in Amsterdam.

The leadership of the company De Gruyter had also included a third generation: the children Lambert (1873-1951) and Jacques (1875-1950). In 1912 began the roasting of coffee.

An important element in sales policy was giving 10% discount on presentation of receipts. The slogan of De Gruyter became "And better value and ten percent, only De Gruyter". This loyalty was rewarded and they had an additional means to control the store managers. Because De Gruyter only sold own brand products prices did not compare to those of others.

In 1913 the 44th store opened in the Netherlands. Most stores were at that time located in the four major cities of the Netherlands.

In the compartmentalized Netherlands De Gruyter was the shop of Catholics, Protestants chose among others for Albert Heijn. With the depillarization, these ratios were gradually loosened after 1950.

In the sixties, De Gruyter group reached his peak. There were more than 550 stores and nearly 7,500 employees. In 's-Hertogenbosch had arisen large production sites. The group had food shops scattered throughout the country.

As a customer, binder De Gruyter started in 1948 to give away every week a small gift for children: the legendary Candy of the week. It was introduced after the Second World War when there was to supply of sugar. With the buy of a few guilders of groceries, free candy was given away for the children. Later, the "sweet" was a plastic toy, a game, a doll or a book every week something else. 

Some translations come from an automated system and may contain errors.

Country of origin
The Netherlands - Holland

Kind of object
Sugar tin - storage container

Suiker - De Gruyter - kitchen - household

Vintage blikken


De Gruyter

De Gruyter

Metal - tin

Loose lid - underneath the lid is a cover with stray hole

1950 - 1960

Vintage with traces of use, wear and tear

17,90 cm

10,20 cm

10,00 cm

Shipping method
Parcel post with track & trace

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