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Vintage Droste Dutch cocoa tin with straight letters and nurse, net 1/2 KG

SKU: BT-3265-21
€ 8,95
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Vintage Droste Dutch cocoa tin with straight letters and nurse, net 1/2 KG.

  • Manufacturer: Droste B.V. Vaassen
  • Manufacturing date: 1950 to 1970

Square tin with a nurse with a tray with a cup of chocolate milk for cocoa from Droste, Haarlem. Equipped with a hinged lid. This concerns the Dutch tin with straight letters.

Nurse against a red background on two sides with the so-called "Droste effect". Nurse is depicted in a black and white uniform. She carries a tray with a cup and a cocoa tin, on which the same scene is depicted in endless repetition. Left: the royal coat of arms that the purveyor of the court is allowed to use against a light blue background. Text: Droste Cacao N.V. Droste cocoa & chocolate factories. Haarlem Holland. Right side: medals, national coat of arms under canopy, text: Hamburg 1898. The Hague 1898 - Brussels 1904. Antwerp 1904. Grand Prix.

This Droste Cocoa Tin is in a good vintage condition with normal traces of use and age-related traces of wear. Pictures are part of the description.


  • Height: 16 cm.
  • Width: 8.6 cm.
  • Depth: 8.4 cm.

 ​Droste was founded by Gerardus Johannes Droste in 1863 in the city of Haarlem. The company started as a confectionery business selling various types of candy, including the Droste chocolate pastilles that are still being sold today. Because of the growing reputation, the firm G.J. Droste opened its first factory in 1890.

The entire chocolate making process took place in the same building as where the retail store was located. In 1891, the factory was relocated to the Spaarne river due to lack of room in the old building. This new location was favourable because the raw materials could now be delivered by boat. Likewise, the shipping of finished products was done on water, improving the distribution process. 

In 1897, the leadership of the Droste factory was handed over to the sons of Gerardus J. Droste. In the meantime, Droste's assortment had grown to numerous cocoa and chocolate products, the famous Dutch chocolate letters included.

The company had also been winning a significant market share in both the Netherlands and foreign countries, in spite of the competition from larger chocolate manufacturers. In 1898 Droste officially acquired the right to bear the coat of arms of queen dowager Emma. After the turn of the century the company had been exporting its products to Belgium, Germany and France, and in 1905 it entered the American market. 

The nurse. 
The famous illustration of the woman in nurse clothes, holding a plate with a cup of milk and a Droste cocoa package, first appeared on Droste products around the year 1900. It is believed that this illustration was created by Jan (Johannes) Musset, being inspired by a pastel known as La Belle Chocolatière ("The Pretty Chocolate Girl").

The image would proclaim the wholesome effect of chocolate milk and became inseparable from the Droste brand. The illustration reappears on the cocoa package held by the nurse, inducing a recursive visual effect known today as the Droste effect. The effect was named after Droste for this illustration. 

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

Country of origin
The Netherlands - Holland

Kind of object
Cocoa tin - chocolate tin

Packaging - advertising - chocolate - cocoa - Droste effect - Droste - Haarlem - heraldry


Vintage tins

Red - light blue - yellow - black - multi-coloured

Droste B.V. Vaassen

Droste's cacao & chocoladefabrieken


Tin - metal - paint

Loose lid - Droste-effect

1950 - 1970

Good vintage condition

16,00 cm

8,60 cm

8,40 cm

Netto 1/2 Kilo

Shipping method
Parcel post with track & trace

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