Manner Cacao Vienna railway Rapid locomotive 50 chocolate box

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Manner Cacao Vienna railway Rapid locomotive 50 chocolate box

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Arch Two , Area 9
Biscuit Tins (display)
Shelf 1
1900 - 1910

A very large dark green lithographed tinplate 4-4-0 railway locomotive "50" with thin red and gold lining, and four-wheel tender. The sides of the locomotive boiler carry gold- and red-bordered boxes marked Rapid and 50, and the locomotive's two high cylindrical steam domes are linked with a horizontal tube that might be meant to work as a carry-handle.

The cab sides each carry a large upright gold rectangle with a picture of St Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, in blue, a blue and gold rendition of the "Manner" chocolate company's trademark. Joseph Manner's first shop was/is in Stefansplatz, Vienna, with a view of the cathedral. Manner started in 1890 and are still going today as an independent business.

The locomotive seems to have been a special shop display tin for Manner chocolate, and might date from around 1900-1910, given that we have an accompanying Manner railway wagon that seems to be from ~1903.

This exhibit is from the collection of Sarah Leather

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