vintage cadbury india tin

Once upon a time, this tin held milk chocolate biscuits. It was produced by Cadbury India some time between the late 1940s and the 1960s. The designs curve and swirl delightfully Indic, like a southern kolam dancing through a Mughal arch.

Three designs grace its sides: the kolam style swirls seen above, the wheel design in the second image and the deepam (or diya) – a traditional Indian oil lamp – in the third.

Its sweets were eaten by a Chettiar family long ago.

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If you like the cups in the last image, have a look at this post on vintage Indian enamelware.