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Vintage large antique round tin toffee biscuit or candy tin by Van Melle

SKU: BT-3910-22
€ 39,95
Stock 1 pc.

Vintage large antique round tin toffee biscuit or candy tin by Van Melle

  • Manufacturer: Breskens Holland
  • Manufacture date: 1920

Beautiful antique large-size counter tin from "Van Melle". This tin was used for the packaging and storage of toffees. The tin has a loose lid with a rolled edge. The tin drum itself also has a rolled edge at the top and bottom. There is a seamed longitudinal seam at the back.

The decoration of this tin consists of a dark red background with golden details and decorations. On the lid is a beautiful nostalgic image of a young woman with a yellow rose. This is probably a portrait made by the English painter John William Waterhouse (Rome, April 6, 1849 – London, February 10, 1917).

Furthermore, on the edge of the lid and on the side of this tin there are a number of images of some English rugged landscapes. The entire drum is surrounded by gold ornate decorations, and a textual print with: "Van Melle's Toffees Superior Quality".

The bottom of the tin is marked with: "Van Melle's Toffees Biscuits Drops Breskens-Holland"

This tin drum is in a very nice original vintage condition with normal age-related traces of use and wear. Photos are part of the description.


  • Height: 12 cm.
  • Diameter: 27,5 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
Toffee tin - candy tin

Tin - candy - toffee - packaging - storage - Van Melle - Rotterdam

Young woman with a yellow rose

Vintage tins

Dark red brown - gold - multicolour

Van Melle

Breskens Holland

Van Melle

Tin - metal - paint

Antique - Loose lid


Good vintage condition with traces of use

12,00 cm

27,50 cm

Shipping method
Parcel post with track & trace

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