Daher Designed Tins
What are Daher Designed Tins?
Daher designed tins are lithographed boxes, bowls, trays or platters that were designed and made in England or Holland. They were manufactured from the 1940s through the 1970s. They’re very colorful and beautifully decorated in a variety of themes, ranging from oriental, to floral and fruits, to whimsical pieces. The beauty is in the detailed lithographed artwork. When I first began collecting them, I could find them for a couple dollars at yard sales, antique stores and flea markets. There wasn’t a lot of interest in them at that time it seemed, but I loved their color and design. As time went on, I found the prices increasing, and they have become more popular through the years. But they are still relatively inexpensive collectibles, and since I’ve always followed the advice of “collect what you love, not just what has a high value,” I’ve enjoyed my collection for many years.
There Are No “New” Daher Designed Pieces
There are no new pieces of Daher tins. All of them were manufactured before 1980. So anything you find now is from before that year. Prices have risen a bit on them because in 1980, the company ceased retail operations and began to be a wholesale only company. They changed their name to The Tin Box Company and all manufacturing was moved to China. The focus of the company is now on licensed, commercial merchandise for companies and the attention to detail formerly shown on the Daher pieces is no longer there, and they are not using the Daher name.
Where You Can Find These Tins
I’m sure you’ll be surprised that you can find these beautiful tins on Amazon, but it’s true! Sometimes you can also find the more rare pieces too. The ones that are few, but precious to collectors. If you want to take a look through a few antique stores, you may find them too. It’s often common to find them put together in a basket and they can be easy to overlook. You may even find Daher on eBay, or occasionally at a yard sale or flea market. But be sure to verify that they are Daher Designed. How can you do that? Simple, look on the backside of the piece for the mark of authenticity shown below.
Look For This Mark
This is the printed mark, but some were imprinted into the metal on the bottom of the item, so keep an eye out for those too. Without this mark the tin is not an authentic Daher tin. The original tins were manufactured from the 1940s up to 1980. Most of these pieces are not truly antiques, but are highly prized by those who love their beautiful designs and colors. Daher Limited Manufacturing began operations, manufacturing tin boxes and tinware items in England and Holland. They were all designed by and carried the distinctive mark as shown above. They are now considered “vintage.”
Be Wary Of Damaged, Scratched, Bent or Incomplete Pieces
One caution, some of these “finds” have been damaged over the years. Always make sure before you buy, that the finish is not scratched, the item is unbent, and a top (if any) closes properly. If they are not in pristine condition, or lacking a piece, they are neither decorative nor useful. If you want to buy them anyway, haggle on the asking price, because they are worth less when damaged.
Beautiful For Decorating
Uses For These Tins – for gift giving, for decorating, or just to hold things.
If you can bring yourself to give one away, fill it with homemade goodies and present it to someone special. They’ll treasure it long after the cookies or candy are gone. (This is when it comes in handy to have duplicates so you can still keep one you like for yourself.) I usually put the food into a plastic bag before putting it in the tin, so that it doesn’t dry out. As I mentioned before I use mine as a decoration on top of my kitchen cabinets. They can also be used for tea bags or coffee, or to hold buttons, nicknacks, barrettes, etc. Oh, and those little notions you find around the house that never seem to fit anywhere…well, they fit just fine in one of these beauties, and brighten the space they’re in while doing it. Collectibles that appeal to more than one group are really valued higher because their appeal is wider. For instance, the Santa Tin shown could be collected because it is Daher, but there are also people who collect Santa images on everything. This makes them more valuable, and might make them something YOU want to own. For instance, a Daher tin with Disney characters on it, or Santa Claus or a Circus theme are highly sought after because the demand is greater because of the duality of the piece. It’s both a collectible Daher and a colletible Santa or whatever its theme.
Versatile Uses As Shown Here….
What fun this was! A couple years back, on my 70th birthday, my family threw me a surprise birthday party. We had told people not to bring gifts, but some folks did anyway. As an example of the versatility of uses for these tins, my niece knows I collect them, and she used a beautiful little one for my birthday gift. As you can see here in this photo, it was hilarious when I opened it. It was filled with 70-$1 bills, taped end-to-end, in a tight roll in this little can. In the photo you can see the can in my lap and the ribbon of bills all over me! Believe me, I had lots of fun trying to get those bills un-taped!
My Latest Daher Purchase… – Made in Stillwater, Minnesota
What Not To Buy – Yet Irresistible
Don’t Do As I Do…. On a recent vacation to visit family in Wisconsin and Minnesota, I investigated the shops in the lovely town of Stillwater, Minnesota. We went to several shops, bought some Christmas ornaments, and various other items. Then we came across another shop with vintage and antique items, and of course, I had to browse through it. In my wandering through several rooms I spied a gorgeous piece of Daher Designed Tin Ware, that literally had me enchanted. As we got closer, I was sad to see it had a scratch on one part of the surface. (You can see it here on the upper left third of the piece.) I have always made it a policy not to buy any Daher that is scratched or dented or otherwise defaced. But the longer I looked at this piece, the more I became convinced it was something special, even with the scratch. It’s the largest piece of Daher that I own, measuring 16 ¼-inches across, a circumference of 50.92. Because I couldn’t resist its charm, I decided to buy it and use it as an example of what NOT to buy if you plan on collecting for the cash value of an item, rather than something you love. Of course the real reason was because its beauty was irresistible.
Because this was an exceptional piece, it now has a place in my home, scratch and all
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