Wonderfully graphic, vintage box of screws


United Kingdom

Hoarde Vintage Member since 2016
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Absolutely something and nothing, yet one of my favourite purchases in a while is this simple wooden box full of smaller cardboard boxes screws.

"Ask for the celebrated Sun Brand Box of Screws - best quality" - this presumably sat on the counter of a hardware shop or similar in the 1940s / '50s where the individual packets could be purchased. For something so simple and utilitarian the graphics are just fantastic! Wonderfully bold, punchy lettering on the advert inside the lid which gets infinitely more intense when the design is repeated 24 times in miniature on the packets inside...

A rare, perhaps now unique survivor in decent condition; the label on the front edge of the box has started to flake / fade, the lid has split and glued back together and some of the packets inside have aged / discoloured but for me this is all part of the charm / appeal of a vintage piece.

The box measures 38cm wide x 7cm high x 17cm deep.


  • H: 7cm (2.76in)
  • W: 38cm (14.96in)
  • D: 17cm (6.69in)



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LJW @ Atlam
111 Portobello Road
W11 2QB
United Kingdom


I’m Louis Walpole. Over a decade of working for and alongside some of the best antique dealers in the country at London’s renowned Portobello Road have helped me to form a detailed understanding of, and appreciation for, a diverse array of antiques. In 2016, after ‘dabbling’ in the trade since childhood I decided to follow my heart and (ignoring a myriad of people advising against it) leave my salaried job to trade full time. Since then I have travelled around England and Western Europe collecting the pieces that particularly interest me. These pieces loosely follow the themes of; automotive, advertising, scientific and industrial. I have a select number of items on display in Atlam on Portobello Road. The shop is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and on Saturdays from 8am to 5pm.

If you would like to view any of my pieces in London, please get in touch to confirm that they’re at the shop or to arrange for me to take them there for you. It may also be possible for me to bring items to your home/bar/garage/pub etc so that they can be fully appreciated in-situ, again please just get in touch and we’ll see what can be organised."

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