MLA Auction 50 – Fall 2020 – Tins & Signs

Closed Sat Oct 31 at 6pm ET.

TS001 Nonsuch – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $400
Range:$600-800
Sold: $800

A fabulous example of this scarce Black Cat shoe dressing advertising invoice holder. Strong colour. Super clean. Made and marked by the Macdonald Manufacturing Co of Toronto. 4 3/4″ tall by 3 1/2″. Better than yours!



TS002 Master Mason – Quebec
Minimum Bid: $400
Range:$600-800
Sold: $650

The Master Mason is one of the classic Canadian tobacco pocket tins. Made for the Rock City Tobacco Co of Quebec City. 4 1/2″ tall by 3″. Excellent condition with only minor imperfections.


TS003 Adams – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $200

This auction we are pleased to offer three small trays advertising stoves & ranges made by the D. Moore company of Hamilton, sold by the Adams Furniture company of Toronto. This first one has terrific graphics picturing any woman’s dream, a three-tiered stove with all the bells and whistles! The madam of the house seems a tad over-dressed for cooking, so maybe the new stove has just arrived. A great multi-coloured tray made and marked by the Macdonald MFG Co Toronto. Excellent condition with a bit of stain on the right side around the ad for Adams furniture. 6″ x 4″.


TS004 Adams – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: Not

This advertising scoop shows a woman cooking on the same elaborate stove, but this with an equally spectacular heating stove at her back. Since it is time for cooking, she has shed the red ballgown for more suitable kitchen attire. Note the “Home Treasure” and “Art Treasure” slogans. Faintly marked on the handle for the maker Thomas Davidson Co Montreal. Interesting that the tray was not also made by Macdonald Toronto, especially given the similarity in the images. Excellent condition with 1/4″ scrape to the lower half of the cooking stove. Handle may have been bent. 9 1/8″ in length and 4″ at its widest point.


TS005 Adams – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: Not

To round out the set, we have a beautiful little tip tray. This one advertises Adams furniture selling the “new Quebec combination range” made by the Happy Thought company of Brantford. The power of positive marketing! Great strong colours on this one. Near mint with some minor nibbling around the edge. Made and marked by Macdonal MFG Co Toronto. 4 3/8″ in diameter.



TS006 T. Eaton Co – Winnipeg
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $350

A large coffee or tea tin from the T. Eaton company. While both Toronto and Winnipeg stores are referenced, the front shows a highly detailed view of the Winnipeg store. Strong colours and striking graphics. Excellent condition. Couple of minor dents front near the base. Spot worn through the paint on the right side, about the size of a quarter. Couple of smaller rubs left side top. Made and marked by the Macdonald MFG Co Toronto. A large tin standing 12 1/2″ tall, 8″ wide and 7″ deep. A rare tin from one of Canada’s most iconic companies.


TS007 Symingtons – Brandon
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $300

A rare and attractive tea tin from The Symington’s company of Brandon Manitoba. Embossed lettering and strong design elements on all four panels. One side features an amazing picture of the Symington store, emblazoned with advertising and the ownership proudly out front. The opposite side shows a view of a nice Victorian home, likely belonging to the Symington family. Tons of history on the face of this tin. Strong colour. Some moderate wear to the front towards the base. Rear and side panels are very good with only minor imperfections. While I cannot find a maker’s mark, I strongly suspect this one is from Macdonald Toronto. 8 3/4″ tall x 8 1/4″ wide x 7″ deep.


TS008 Crothers – Kingston
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

A tall round tin of English Toms from Crother’s confectionary Kingston Ontario. Attractive graphics surround a portrait of a beautiful young women. Perhaps the nice lady who handed out the toffees. Note the Established 1869. Very good condition. Some minor paint loss and light rust to the gold areas. One side is quite good with a fairly clean image of the woman. The opposite side is a bit rougher with some marks to her face. A scarce tin in any condition. I can find no makers mark. 9 3/4″ tall by 6 3/8″ in diameter.


TS009 Watson’s – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $75

A cough drops tin from R.J. Watson Toronto. A lavishly decorated tin made and marked by S.A. Tisley & Co New York. 6 3/4″ tall by 7″ wide and 4 1/2″ deep. Some minor paint loss but overall very good condition.


TS010 Wilson, Lytle, Badgerow – Toronto
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: Not

An advertising match dispenser from the Wilson, Lytle, Badgerow Company Toronto. Self proclaimed the largest vinegar works in America! Terrific barrel image. Someone has soldered the dispenser tray in place. Bit of minor denting front base. Overall very good condition. 5 1/2″ tall.


TS011 Dominion Insurance Company
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $75

An advertising match dispenser from the Dominion Insurance Company. Multiple cities listed: Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Calgary. Great graphics with a maple leaf flanked by flags incorporating elements of Canada’s provinces and territories. Very good condition with only minor wear. 5 1/2″ tall.


TS012 Tillson Company
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: Not

An advertising scoop for the Tillson Company Ltd. The main graphic shows a miner at work. Wheat surrounds the central image. Likely advertising flour, as that was their main line. The mining may suggest their patented flour blends were precious as gold. A small scoop, 6″ long and 3 1/2″ wide. The inside shows some wear from use, but the graphics are strong.


TS013 Windsor Salt
Minimum Bid: $250
Range:$400-600
Current Bid: DNMR

A porcelain sign advertising Windsor Salt “Purest and Best” from the Canadian Industries Limited. The Windsor Salt company was established in 1893, in Windsor (Ontario). It was purchased by the Canadian Industries Limited in 1929 and operated under that name until 1951. Excellent condition. One 1/4″ flake top center. Missing grommet right side. A small sign measuring 13″ x 7″.


TS014 Salada Pushbar
Minimum Bid: $300
Range:$400-600
Sold: $1900

A rare Salada Tea pushbar in excellent condition. A few small flakes off the edges and light wear. 31 1/2″ long.


TS015 Waterman’s Fountain Pen
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $400

A heavy double-sided porcelain sign advertising Waterman’s Ideal Fountain Pen. 20″ long. This is a flange sign that is missing its mounting bracket. A few chips to the edges. Strong colour and graphics. Note the added paint to the pen, which is original.


TS016 EN-AR-CO Motor Oil Can
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $200

A 5 gal EN-AR-CO pail. Moderate wear and rust. Strong colours. Original and intact. 16″ tall.


TS017 Coleman’s Bull’s Head Blue
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: Not

A great box for Coleman’s Bull’s Head Blue. This product was manufactured by the Reckitt & Coleman Canada Limited in Montreal. Terrific graphics front, back and on the lid. The box has been lacquered. Excellent condition. 17″ x 5 1/4″. Comes with a box of bluing, which was used to prevent white clothes from yellowing.