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ROYAL SCHOOL TINS

ROYAL SCHOOL TINS

What are school tins? Well they are typically Dutch!

In the late 19th and early 20th century school children did not have pens, pencils or exercise books. They used to write on a piece of slate with a chalk stick. Every child had his own slate and chalk stick and also a little tin box (school tin).

These tins had a lid on each end and in the middle a partition making two halves. In one half there was a little sponge and in the other half a piece of shammy leather. So the child could wipe his slate clean when it was full or having made a mistake. The outside of these tins were often decorated with children’s stories but also with pictures/scenes of the Royal family.

These tins were subject to rust because of the wet sponges inside and their rough use by their owners (children will be children) so not many survived. This is the reason these tins especially in a good condition, are very rare.

Here are some examples from our collection:

 

twee sponsdoosjes uit 1898 gemaakt t.g.v de inhuldiging van Koningin Wilhelmina
school tins Wilhelmina 1898

 

ponsdoosje gemaakt t.g.v het huwelijk van Koningin Wilhelmina & prins Hendrik 1901. Op de deksel stond aan de ene zijde het portret van Wilhelmina en aan de andere kant die van Hendrik

School tin wedding Wilhelmina 1901

Op de deksel stond aan de ene zijde het portret van Wilhelmina en aan de andere kant die van Hendrik

 

sponsdoosje uit 1909 met afbeeldingen Koninklijke familie met prinsesje Juliana
sSchool tin princess Juliana 1909

P1010161

sponsdoosje uit 1909 met afbeeldingen van het prinsesje Juliana

P1010146

sponsdoosje uit 1923 t.g.v het zilveren regeringsjubileum Koningin Wilhelmina
tin silver jubilee 1923

P1010172