A Pair of Large Cacao Menier Cans
Regular price £250
A pair of large Victorian Soluble Cacao Menier Cans with original label remnants.
These incredibly rare, early chocolate cans have developed a beautiful patination with their degraded yellow paint and rust colouring.
The original labels are suggestive of an interesting historical importance...
The Menier family were the foremost Victorian/Edwardian chocolatiers, the business being founded in 1816 as a pharmaceutical powder producer when chocolate was generally considered a medicinal product. After much success and expansion over the years, one of the inheriting CEO's of the business during their prominence was Henri Menier (1853 - 1913).
With a vast fortune and a yearly income from the business being the titular head of the company, he left most of the day to day running of the business to his younger brother Gaston, and was able to pursue a variety of leisure interests, notably yachting and motor racing.
Being one of the few who could afford an automobile upon their debut, he became a racing enthusiast and helped found the Automobile club de France, which would organise the 1906 French Grand Prix, the first ever grand prix racing event, held at Le Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans.
With factories in Paris, London and New York. There is no record of a permanent Menier distribution Depot at Le Mans.
559mm tall (22")
396mm diameter (14-1/2")
AF. Various old dents and scratches, original label remnants.