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This is a large hinged tin box by E. Otto Schmidt which originally held special holiday cookies. It was produced in Germany in the 1980's, and the theme commemorates the life of Kaiser Karl IV in 1355. This would be a great jewelry box or a holder for supplies as well.

It is mostly a deep red with gold embellishments on all 4 sides and on the top. Each side has a different medieval theme with wonderful color. The lid has a colorful scene of Karl on a white steed surrounded by a whole lot of pomp and pageantry. The lid's periphery is embossed with dimensional medieval shields and swirls.

The silver tone metal underside is embossed "LEBKUCHENFABRIK", "E. OTTO SCHMIDT", NURNBERG". The first word is the name of the cookies.

The lid is hinged and simply lifts to open. The inside is shiny silver tone metal.

Size: 16 1/2" across the front, 7" tall, 11 3/4" at side.

E. Otto Schmidt company started distributing these wonderful delicacies in 1927.
As the story goes, Mr. Schmidt's brother came across a large quantity of these cookies in payment for his services and asked his brother Otto to do something with them.
The cookies were then cleverly packed in these decorative metal tins and sold to selected buyers.

The tin is in good vintage condition. The colors are glorious with only a bit of wear. There is no rust, a few small dents, very few scratches. The hinges are secure and the lid closes well. the lid has Cookies NOT included.
Christie Crecelius

Vintage Tinware Box E Otto Schmidt Large Rare Kaiser Karl 1355


  • Vintage item from the 1980s
  • Materials: red tin, tin, metal, tin box, metalbox, storage box
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  • Ships from Arizona, United States to select countries.