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Huntley & Palmer Biscuit Tin - The Derby
A 26cmX19cmX8cm sized rectangular tin with chamfered corners. The scene on the hinged lid is of Derby Day runners towards the end of the race. Scenes around the sides are of runners passing the grandstands.
The Derby Stakes, known colloquially as The Derby (pronounced "dar-bee") and internationally as the Epsom Derby, is considered one of the most prestigious flat thoroughbred horse races in the world. The race takes place each year in June at Epsom Downs, Epsom, Surrey, England.
Huntley & Palmer was founded in 1822 and, during the next 150 years, came to be "The Most Famous Biscuit Company in the World." As global trade and travel expanded during the industrial revolution and Britain developed the largest Empire the world had ever known, so did this famous company grow, until it became world-renowned for being "Number One in Biscuits and Second-to-None in Cakes."
Like many of Britain’s longest-established food companies, it was started by a Quaker, a religious sect whose members were forbidden by law from entering the established professions. In this case, a man by the name of Joseph Huntley, supported by his son Thomas, opened a shop in Reading, Berkshire, from where he started selling biscuits and confectionery. After 19 successful years he was joined by his cousin George Palmer and, together, they created a business which, at its peak, was trading in 137 countries, including Malaya which was one of its largest overseas customers.
Part of the above was extracted from http://www.huntleyandpalmers.com/about/ and www.huntleyandpalmers.org.uk