Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Gnome Tins

I have a handful of Gnome items in my possession. Featured here, are two Gnome tins from my youth. A love affair with Rien Poortvliet's little creatures  began when I first laid eyes on Wil Huygen's book, THE GNOMES (1977), which  Poortvliet illustrated.

The first tin is round, and approx. 3 inches wide.  The front shows two gnomes rubbing noses.  It is a little worn from getting rattled around in my desk drawer.  I've owned it for over 30 years.




'Greetings, farewells and goodnights are expressed by rubbing noses.'


GNOMES c1980, Unieboek B.V.
Potpourri Press, Greensboro, N.C. 27404
Made in the U.S.A.
3 inches wide

I also have a slider tin with a gnome feeding a rodent.  It measures approx. 2 x 1.  This tin shows little wear, and has been with me for around 30 years too.


'The gnome feeds small rodents during the long, severe winters.'



GNOMES c1980, Unieboek B.V.
Potpourri Press, Greensboro, N.C. 27404
Made in the U.S.A.
2 x 1 inches

6 comments:

  1. I have 1 tin made by the same company! It has a female gnome on it dyeing clothes! "The gnomewife uses Sawwort to dye wool Yellow", it says! I've been looking for others to collect, but with no luck! Really fantastic to see yours!

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  2. Hi Kimberly, Your tin sounds adorable! Good luck on finding others for your collection!

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  3. I just found you via linked in blogs!
    The title got me!
    Great blog.
    My hubby keeps telling me he's gonna call "hoarders" on me ;)
    xXx
    Reva

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  4. Reva ~ I regret to say that I was away from blogging for a while, so I m quite delayed in responding. Thanks for stopping by, and for your kind words. Haha...my hubby (and best friend) is the same way! Love your blog too, and am following it now.

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  5. I love the little tin, I have a brown one just like it, the Gnome is planting an acorn. I had the yellow one too, but it's somewhere in my house. Found your post because I'm looking to collect more of the little ones!

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    1. Just noticed you're in Lakeville - I'm in Plymouth!

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