Object #1: The Peter Pan Tin

Peter Pan tin OBJECT NAME
Churchill’s Peter Pan (Money Box)

Decorative tin money box. Approximately 8 inches high, 3 inches wide and 3 inches deep. The tin structure is painted and embossed with the design of London, England’s St. Stephen’s clock tower (more commonly called “Big Ben”) and characters Peter Pan, Wendy, John, Michael and Tinker Bell flying around “Big Ben”. The lid is pyramid-shaped and serves as the pointed roof of the tower, as well as having a vertical slit in one side to allow coins, or other slim objects, to be pushed through and into the base without removing the lid.

This tin was purchased by my Mother while visiting me in England in April of 2004. I’m not sure at which shop it was purchased, but it was given to me as a gift when I returned home.

Previous to that, the metal and paint were presumably mined and manufactured in another country, and all were assembled in a factory in the UK. As noted on the bottom of the tin:
Churchill’s Confectionery plc
U.K.: Borehamwood, Herts WD6 2HP
Fax: 0044 (0)208207 4455 http://www.churchills-confectionery.co.uk
U.S.A.: Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315 Fax: 001 954 764 2985
Bodnitz Allan Registered Design (c) Made in the United Kingdom

The reference to the USA is most likely a distribution address for North America, and does not perform any assembly of the object.

This object clearly represents a souvenir. The iconic “Big Ben” is used in many gift items across England, not exclusively London. The Peter Pan characters represent a well known story, also associated with London and the Disney cartoon of 1953.

It also represents a gift and the memories of visiting England in 2004. Additionally, the story of Peter Pan is significant to myself, not only because it is a commonly told children’s story, but also because I played the role of Tiger Lily in my high school’s production of the musical.

Very common object. At the time of purchase it was available in many chain-stores such as Wittards and many souvenir shops. It is also now available for purchase online at amazon.co.uk

However, within my personal collection, decorative tins are moderately rare in perspective.

The tin is now empty, or sometimes holds writing implements. At one time it held English Toffee candies, as indicated by the label on the bottom of the tin and in the promotional picture above.

English Toffees
Ingredients: glucose syrup, sugar, sweetened condensed skimmed milk, hydrogenated palm kernal oil, salt, butter, double cream, flavouring: vanilla, emulsifier: lecithin. Free from artificial preservatives and colours. this product may contain traces of nuts. Best Before End: June 04 Lot No. 2345
Nett Weight 200g 7.05oz
Made in the UK Big Ben

*INTERPRETIVE POTENTIAL has not been included in these studies because it refers to the interpretive value in the context of the collection/institution…which is me…and is based on the above research.


About EBS

Museum curator, nerd, chronic watcher of TV show marathons, married to a soccer hooligan, vegetarian, obsessive sewer.
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