This month’s featured toffee tin from our vintage toffee tin collection was issued during the 1930’s by the Blue Bird toffee factory in England.
The Blue Bird of Happiness – the play by Belgian playwright Maurice Maeterlinck - was the inspiration behind British confectioner Harry Vincent’s decision to change the name of his confectionery brand from “
Blue Bird issued a vast array of exquisite toffee tins, the most recent example of which was issued in 1995 to commemorate their centenary. The lid featured a picture of the original factory. During the 1950’s the brand issued an average of about twenty tins of different designs each year. They covered many themes such as “Hyde Park,” “Ludlow Castle” and “Sorrento.” Christmas designs often featured Santa bringing gifts to a sleeping child. A children’s range of tins included designs with merry-go-rounds, children or animals dancing around the tin and holiday scenes to name only a few. Most tins also bore their famous slogan, “Take home sweet home.”
The tin we are looking at here depicts Richmond Castle, which is a national monument today. The large size of the tin is due to its function as part of a shop display counter and contained toffees you could buy by weight.