CRUMBS! 1920S BISCUIT TIN WITH ORIGINAL 80-YEAR-OLD BISCUITS EXPECTED TO FETCH £2,000 AT BONHAMS – An extremely rare biscuit tin containing its original 80-year-old biscuits will be one of the main attractions at Bonhams’ Toys, Trains, Dolls and Teddy Bears Sale on 20 and 21 November in Knightsbridge. The 1920s biscuit tin, in the form of a Sports Coupe car, has electric headlights so that a child could play with it after eating the biscuits. It is expected to fetch £2,000-3,000.

Leigh Gotch, Head of Bonhams Toys department, says: “In over 10 years of working in the auction business, I have never seen a biscuit tin of this age offered for sale with its original biscuits. It is remarkable that they were not eaten by their owner, although I wouldn’t suggest that the new owner tries them in the future.”

The biscuits are different shapes “ some in the form of numbers; some letters; and others depict exotic animals with their names stamped on them.

The William Crawford & Sons biscuit tin is presented with its original box, which carries the inscription: To Ted wishing him many Happy returns of the day from Lady Eleanor. Presumably Ted was given the biscuits as a birthday or Christmas present by Lady Eleanor, although he must have played with it very carefully as it is still in excellent condition.

The red and black lithographed tin depicts a male driver and lady passenger sitting in the car, as well as a spare wheel. Batteries would have been supplied to power the electric headlights on the car and the biscuits are wrapped in grease paper.

Leigh Gotch adds: “The biscuit tin toy would have been expensive to buy at the time perhaps even costing around £100 in todays money.”