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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.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 21, 2013 G11

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