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Vintage Indian 3 Compartment Brass Tiffin Carrier

S/N:CIL#173

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1940

  • £250.00 Price does not include postage & packaging
  • €292 Euro
  • $324 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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Wonderful vintage brass Tiffin Carrier (Indian lunch box) Made at the Sanghvi Factory, India. The carrier has three separate brass covered canisters, a riveted handle, a sliding release bar and a loop & latch for locking. Very cool collectible lunch box. This piece is in very good vintage condition. C1940

When the British established themselves in India in the late 18th century, it soon became clear that adaptation was needed. For a start, the rituals of eating were going to have to change to accommodate the hot, languid days and nights. In the heat of the day lunch became a much lighter meal – but what to call it? Somehow, the word that seemed to stick was "tiffin", taken from the slang words "tiff", a tot of diluted liquor, and "tiffing", to take a sip of this liquor (perhaps a hint that a sahib's lunch might quite often be of the liquid variety!). Tiffin took off and "a spot of tiffin" soon became a peg on which almost any culinary indulgence between breakfast and dinner could be hung.

The word tiffin is also used as a name for a lunchbox. Tiffins (or dhabbas) come in all shapes and sizes, but traditionally they are round, with three or four stacking compartments firmly sealed with a tight-fitting lid and a side clip to avoid any nasty spillages and a handle for carrying on top.

Dimensions: 

  • H: 30cm (11.81in)
  • W: 15cm (5.91in)

Period: 

1940

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