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​Rectangular shop counter tin with semicircular front and sloping lid with decoration peacock, parrot and bird of paradise by Van Melle Toffees, Breskens

SKU: BT-3595-21
€ 75,00
Stock 1 pc.

Rectangular shop counter tin with semicircular front and sloping lid with decoration peacock, parrot and bird of paradise by Van Melle Toffees, Breskens

  • Manufacturer: Van Melle Confectionary Works Breskens Holland
  • Manufactured: wed J. Bekkers & son Dordrecht Holland
  • Date of manufacture: 1924 - 1928

This is a beautiful shop counter tin for toffees by Van Melle, manufactured between 1924 and 1928. This high tin has three rectangular sides and a front with an extension with rounded corners. The tin is equipped with a sloping hinged lid with closure.

The decoration of this tin consists of an orange background with gold-coloured piping. The lid has a circle with a yellow background and a national coat of arms under the canopy with the text "Je maintiendrai". Inscription on the lid: "Hofleverancier" and "N.V. van Melle's confectionary works, Breskens Holland".

On the front we see a bird of paradise looking upon a branch between leaves. On the left side is a somewhat backwards-looking parrot (Ara). The right side shows a backwards-looking peacock on a tree branch between the leaves. All birds are enclosed in a gold-coloured frame. On the straight back wall, in an eight-pointed star with a black background, the image of the fisherman with a pipe and the letters VMCW (Van Melle's anniversary logo from 1925).

On the bottom of the tin in relief the text "van Melle's confectionary works, Breskens Holland"

This Van Melle shop tin is in a good vintage condition with normal traces of use and age-related traces of wear. No rust, no cracks, no holes. Photos are part of the description.


  • Height 26 cm
  • Length 24.5 cm.
  • Width 20.5 cm.

Van Melle started around 1840 as a bakery in Breskens. They also sold sugar balls. In 1900, Izaak van Melle also began to produce these mechanical. About 1920, Izaak's brother Dirk-Machiel started a factory for biscuits and waffles. 

In 1932 the Brothers Michael and Pierre Van Melle set off for Poland where they learned a procedure to produce soft fruit chews. From the trip they bring the original “Tell Dough” to the Netherlands, leading to the creation of Fruittella. Based on the Fruittella recipe they are inspired to create a peppermint flavoured candy to be later named Mentos. 

World War II destroyed the Van Melle Breskens factory, forcing the company to move to Rotterdam. On 22 November the official opening in Rotterdam took place. 

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

Country of origin
The Netherlands - Holland

Kind of object
Shop counter tin - Toffee tin - candy tin - tin - product packaging - holder

Packaging - coat of arms - coat of arms - bird - animal - flora - mythological person

Peacock - Parrot - Bird of Paradise - logo

Vintage tins

Orange - multi-coloured

Van Mellle Rotterdam Holland

Van Melle Confectionary Works Breskens Holland

Van Melle Toffees

Tin - metal - paint

Hinged lid

1924 - 1928

Good vintage condition

26,00 cm

24,50 cm

20,50 cm

Shipping method
Parcel post with track & trace

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