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Antique Advertising - Hornimans Tea Shop Display Sign / Mannequin & Tin / Rare

Antique Advertising - Hornimans Tea Shop Display Sign / Mannequin & Tin / Rare

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Antique Advertising - Hornimans Tea Shop Display Sign / Mannequin & Tin / Rare 

Circa 1900 

A impressive piece of early 20th century advertising memorabilia. 

Manufactured for Hornimans tea, this fantastic piece would have been countertop stood in a shop advertising and selling Hornimans tea from. 

The original tea trading and blending business 'Horniman's Tea Company' was founded in 1826 in Newport, Isle of Wight, by trader John Horniman. In 1852 he moved the company to London to be closer to the bonded warehouses of London Docks, then the biggest tea trading port in the world. Until 1826, only loose leaf teas had been sold, allowing unscrupulous traders to increase profits by adding other items such as hedge clippings or dust.[2] Horniman revolutionised the tea trade by using mechanical devices to speed the process of filling pre-sealed packages, thereby reducing his cost of production and hence improving the quality for the end customer. This caused some consternation amongst his competitors, but by 1891 Horniman's was the largest tea trading business in the world.
In the 1870s, the business was taken over by his son Frederick John Horniman.

Post World War I, in 1918 Frederick's son Emslie Horniman sold the business to J. Lyons & Co., who moved production to their new factory in Greenford, Middlesex. 

The three dimensional sign or mannequin depicts Annie Horniman.  Annie Elizabeth Fredericka Horniman (3 October 1860 – 6 August 1937) was an English theatre patron and manager. She established the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and founded the first regional repertory theatre company in Britain at the Gaiety Theatre in Manchester. She encouraged the work of new writers and playwrights. Annie Horniman was born at Surrey Mount, Forest Hill, London, in 1860, the elder child of Frederick John Horniman and his first wife Rebekah née Emslie. Her father was a tea merchant and the founder of the Horniman Museum; her grandfather was John Horniman who founded the family tea business of Horniman and Company.

A charming piece for any advertising collector. 

45.5cm X 15cm 
Height 45.5cm 

Condition - Good. 
Very stable with no wobbles or cracks. 
The tin is a later replacement, there would likely originally have been either a tin or cardboard box with the tea for sale in. 
The saucer Annie is holding is chipped. 
Typical knocks and scuffs - Please see pictures. 
Nice colours, no fading damage. 

Item No. 4382 

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