1930s Hygena Cabinet Household Wants Indicator 

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A rare example of a 1930s metal tabbed household wants indicator, advertising the Hygena kitchen cupboard.

This lovely vintage shopping list was designed to be hung in the kitchen to keep an eye on the household goods needed for shopping. It is a fascinating insight into the household habits and spellings of the time, with ‘plate powder’, ‘cocoanut’, ‘candles’, ‘dentifrice’, ‘whiting’ and ‘sweetmeats’ all seen as common items.

Made of tin, the indicator has a plastic coating and features advertising for the highly popular Hygena Cabinets. It has holes in it to be hung on the wall. Alternatively, the original string for hanging is also present. At the bottom it carries the patent number and the mark of ‘Charles Letts & Co London’, now known as renowned stationers Letts.

This household wants indicator shows signs of its age through rusting, staining and some surface scratches. It is also sadly missing the tab for ‘Spices’. But all the other tabs work, albeit some are a little stiff.

Height, 33cm; Width, 14cm

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