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Circa 1900 United States Baking Company "Noah's Ark" Cookie Box
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $293.75
Extremely rare turn-of-the century Noah's Ark cookie box issued by the United States Baking Company. This is a very substantial, extremely rare, and classic package design. The box is constructed of wood and resembles Noah's Ark in both its design and exterior decoration. Created in the shape of a house, the cookie box is covered with a paper overlay with color illustrations that further enhance the illusion of an ark. Noah and his sons are pictured in the main window, while various animals are depicted peeking through the shuttered windows. One side of the "roof" serves as the lid to the box. The label along the bottom reads "Noah's Ark - The children's delight - Unequalled for Amusement on the Holiday Festivals - Containing all the animals that went into the ark also Mr. and Mrs. Noah, Shem, Ham and Japhet. Manufactured by United States Baking Company. Boston Bakery - For Sale by All Grocers." The United States Baking Company was one of literally hundreds of regional bakeries that were purchased by the National Biscuit Company in the early 1900s. This "Noah's Ark" cookie box once obviously held cookies designed in the shape of animals, and was a forerunner to the National Biscuit Company's famous Animal Cracker brand, which became a staple for children a few short years later and is popular to this day. This box is extremely rare and has survived in magnificent condition, especially given its age and fragile nature. There are a few small areas of paper loss along each side of the "roof"; otherwise the box is in Excellent condition overall, displaying much as it did when issued some 100 years ago. The cookies, as one might imagine, are long gone. 8.75 x 4 x 4 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $293.75
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