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VICTORIAN HUNTLEY AND PALMERS BISCUITS TIN READING AND LONDON VERY SCARCE

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ART NOUVEAU STYLE

ELIZABETHAN SCENES BOAR ON TOP

PRE 1898

MEASURE ABOUT 220 mm LONG

ANTIQUE CONDITION -AS SHOWN

The fascinating story of this biscuit company begins in 1822 with the founding of the company by Joseph Huntley. He produced his first biscuits in the back room of his shop in London Street, Reading. It was Huntley's younger son, also Joseph, who made the company's first tin biscuit boxes in his ironmonger's shop which stood opposite his father's London Street bakery. George Palmer, a distant cousin of Huntley, became Huntley's partner in 1841. Thus the firm of Huntley & Palmer was born. The company grew from its humble beginnings in the early 1800s to employing more than 5,000 men and women by 1898. By this time the business was housed in a huge factory that covered 24 acres on the River Kennet and was at the time the largest biscuit factory in the world. From 1870 until the 1970s, Reading was known as ‘Biscuit Town’ because of the fame of Huntley & Palmers biscuits.

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