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Set of vintage tins in black and red by DE GRUYTER with oriental birds decoration

SKU: BT-3043-20

Set of vintage tins in black and red by DE GRUYTER with oriental birds decoration.

  • Manufacturer: Nederlands Vereenigde blikfabrieken
  • Manufacturing date: 1959

This set of two vintage tin drums from De Gruyter have a rectangular shape and are fitted with a hinged lid. The lids have a rolled edge and the hinges are cover hinges which are recessed in the tin. Furthermore, a seamed longitudinal seam at one corner.

The decoration consists of a red and a black background. The lids feature oriental characters with two flying birds in gold and red. On the front a plant motif with a butterfly.

Text on the bottom in relief: and better value and 10 percent only De Gruyter

This set of two tin drums in black and red are in a good vintage condition with traces of use and age-related traces of wear. The black tin is missing one hinge. Pictures are part of the description.


  • Height: 4.7 cm.
  • Length: 17.2 cm.
  • Width: 8.4 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 arose 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. 

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Country of origin
The Netherlands - Holland

Kind of object
Tin box - tea tin

De Gruyter - tin - box - oriental - birds - butterfly

Vintage tins

Red - black - gold

De Gruyter

De Gruyter

De Gruyter

Tin - metal - paint

Hinged lid


Vintage with traces of use, wear and tear

4,70 cm

17,20 cm

8,40 cm

Shipping method
Parcel post with track & trace

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