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.
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.
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.