Assemblage Artifacts

If you recall my New Year’s resolution was to NOT buy everything that’s a deal simply because it’s a deal.  However, I’m smart enough not to walk away from a true find that I know I will use someday.

The Institute of Certificated Grocers Tin

I was waiting to meet my husband to see True Grit tonight, and I was early and near an antique mall.  This particular shop is one of my favorites because the owner always has these odd little things. The last time I was in there I bought a box of curved toy train tracks.  Still not sure what I’m going to do with them.

This box was on the floor, closed, and covered with dust, but I knew that anything marked London had to be good.  I was mystified when I saw the empty tins, but remembered seeing assemblage art using tins like these on Etsy.  I haven’t tried to make one but now that I have the tins, I’m certainly going to try.

No mints here.

Whenever I find something like this, I have to wonder why anyone would keep such a thing for such a long time.  How, and why, was this sent or brought to America? Who was John Hayes, besides a lawyer, and what exactly did he do with these Samples for Study?  What were they, and did he eat them, put them under a microscope, or just look at them from a legal point of view?

Whatever the story, I think they’re really cute little tins, sized about that of a Sucrets box only much better engineered with a rod running through the back of the top and the bottom which renders them practically unbreakable.  I am curious about the address, W.C.I.   Does anyone know?

So there it is.  I broke my New Year’s resolution, and it’s not even January 1st.

Samples for Study Tins


About Patsye

I am an older woman and artist. I love to craft. I love to sew and knit and crochet and needlepoint. I love to paint and draw and make art with my hands. Being creative is what gets me up in the morning. Art is my tea, my fresh air, my good book, and my cats all rolled into one. I have much to share and hope you'll visit often.
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