Tate and Lyle Sugar Cube Crates are absolutely unique and date back to before 1940. The originals were first used in 1878.
We're delighted to have acquired several more of these unique Tate and Lyle Sugar Cube Crates. We feel they would make a most interesting and unique addition to your home decor as a side table, coffee table or storage solution. Compare the interest of owning something with a living history to something mass produced and having no story!
So many people have asked for a top to go with this lovely crate. So having appreciated your interest, we asked our local joiner to produce a bespoke Lid for this Historic Crate which we can now offer. Some of the crates have the writing the wrong way up so we've either swapped the wood over from bottom to top OR in some cases where the original wood is broken it's been replaced. This gives you the benefit of having all the original writing the right way up on the front and back.
These boxes are large robust wooden crates having had to carry 112lbs of sugar cubes. They're very similar in size to the old Tea Chests. Some have black lettering and the others are a really tasteful light blue. Most are with the Blue colour.
Rare and interesting crates from a great company. Henry Tate was born in Chorley Lancs in 1819 and moved to Liverpool where he began to make his fortune in sugar. After a while he also bought premises in Londons east end which are still there today. In 1921 he joined forces with Abram Lyle and the company then became the famous Tate and Lyle .
Henry Tate had a grand house in Park Hill overlooking Streatham Common and even his own mausoleum in Norwood Cemetery and of course was the founder of The Tate Gallery London.
made from Wood
L 52cm x W 44cm x Ht 37cm