City hall tea tin

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Dear Mike, I have owned this tea tin for many years. I do not know any­thing about it, other than it has a pic­ture of Winnipeg’s old city hall on it. It mea­sures nine inches by five inches by seven inches. It has some scratches at the top. Would you be able to tell me any­thing about it? Thank you, John S. Winnipeg

Dear John, In the early 1900s Winnipeg pro­duced some of the most beau­ti­ful tea tins in Canada. They came in many sizes, with beau­ti­ful lithog­ra­phy on them. Your tin “City Tea” would have been made around 1900 to com­mem­o­rate our old city hall. It was built in 1887 and was lo­cated on Main Street where the new city hall is cur­rently lo­cated. The old city hall was torn down in 1962 amid lots of con­tro­versy. In my 34 years of busi­ness I have owned this tin just a few times. It is very de­sir­able among tin col­lec­tors. Your tin in its cur­rent con­di­tion would sell for $250 to $300. Mike Huen is an an­tique dealer and owner of Mike’s Gen­eral Store in Winnipeg. If you would like to have an item ap­praised, please in­clude a photo with your ques­tion. Email ques­tions to mike@ mikesgen­er­al­store.com, and put “Free Press” in sub­ject line, or write to Mike’s Ap­praisals, 52 St. Anne’s Rd., Winnipeg,

MB, R2M 2Y3.

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