This charming lebkuchen (gingerbread) tin has outstanding lithographed, embossed graphics. It was produced in West Germany by Heinrich Haeberlein in Nuremberg in what was West Germany in the 1980's. On one side are the words "feine nurnberger honig-lebkuchen" which translates to "fine Nuremberg honey gingerbread." On the back under the manufacturers' names It states they are a lebkuchen and chocolate factory. On the other side is the word "Brahvurstglocklein," which is the name of a historic grilled bratwurst restaurant in Nuremberg. We have seen this tin identified as a house, cottage or store, but since it's marked with the name of the restaurant and the woman at the door appears to be serving a sausage on a plate to the two children, we can't help but wonder if this is actually a depiction of a restaurant.
There are so many details on this tin it takes awhile to see them all. Some notes: the small bell on a swinging bracket on the right side; the hinged tiled roof that lifts up and has flower-filled dormers and a chimney (which is not scratched but was made that way to look aged); the gold coins and German crests on the back--these are just some of the great details. Since we're limited to five photos, we have not shown a photo of the bottom, but we'll be glad to send it along at your request. It is all printing, no graphics, and lists the ingredients in German, English, French and Italian. It also has an 8 digit bar code, which West Germany began using in 1982 (they began using the EAN 12 digit bar code in 1990 when Germany reunified).
This tin measures approximately 5 1/2 inches in height, 6 3/4 inches in width and 2 7/8 inches deep. It is in wonderful condition: the graphics are intact, the roof opens and clos.es freely and the bell also swings freely. This collectible tin from West Germany has been well taken care of.
© Linda Henrich