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Vintage Verkade biscuit tin with Indian Cress or nasturtium

SKU: BT-2498-19

Vintage Verkade biscuit tin with Indian Cress or nasturtium.

  • Manufacturer: Koninklijke Verkade fabrieken N.V. 
  • Manufacturing date: 1940 - 1989

Nice old biscuit canister produced by Verkade. High cylindrical canister with a slightly convex loose lid. Equipped with rolled edges and a longitudinal seam. The surface is dark yellow with a lighter yellow checkered pattern. Six bunches of Indian Cress are painted on the tin. The flowers are red, green and dark green. The lid repeats this decoration in a circle shape. At the bottom the logo of Verkade: two concentric circles with the image of a hornblower on horseback. Date 1940 - 1989.

This Verkade rusk can is in a good vintage condition with normal traces of use and age-related traces of wear.


  • Height: 21 cm.
  • Diameter: 10 cm.

Verkade was founded on 2 May 1886. Then Ericus Gerhardus Verkade opened his steam, bread and rusk factory "De Ruyter" (The Rider). The name "De Ruyter" was chosen with a bow to the past; the first flour mill of West Zaandam bore that name. The products of the first hour were; bread, rusks, honey gingerbread and Langetjes (kind of biscuits), "De Ruyter" is still recognizable in the logo of the Verkade brand.

Tropaeolum majus (garden nasturtium, Indian cress, or monks cress) is a species of flowering plant in the family Tropaeolaceae, originating in the Andes from Bolivia north to Colombia. An easily-grown annual with disc-shaped leaves and brilliant orange or red flowers, it is of cultivated, probably hybrid origin. It is not closely related to the genus Nasturtium (which includes watercress).

It is a fast-growing plant, with trailing stems growing to 3–6 ft (0.91–1.83 m). The leaves are large, nearly circular, 3 to 15 centimetres (1.2 to 5.9 in) in diameter, green to glaucous green above, paler below; they are peltate, with the 5–30 cm long petiole near the middle of the leaf, with several veins radiating to the smoothly rounded or slightly lobed margin. The flowers are 2.5–6 cm diameter, with five petals, eight stamens, and a 2.5–3 cm long nectar spur at the rear; they vary from yellow to orange to red, frilled and often darker at the base of the petals. The fruit is 2 cm broad, three-segmented, each segment with a single large seed 1–1.5 cm long.

All its parts are edible. The flower has most often been consumed, making for an especially ornamental salad ingredient; it has a slightly peppery taste reminiscent of watercress, and is also used in stir fry. The flowers contain about 130 mg vitamin C per 100 grams (3.5 oz), about the same amount as is contained in parsley. Moreover, they contain up to 45 mg of lutein per 100 gr, which is the highest amount found in any edible plant. The unripe seed pods can be harvested and dropped into spiced vinegar to produce a condiment and garnish, sometimes used in place of capers.

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Country of origin
The Netherlands - Holland

Kind of object
Biscuit tin

Rusk tin - biscuit tin - product packaging - container

Vintage tins

Yellow - orange - green - red

Verkade's fabrieken Zaandam


Tin - metal

Loose lid - marked on the bottom

1940 - 1989

Nice vintage condition

21,00 cm

10,00 cm

Shipping method
Parcel post with track & trace

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