Tiffin

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Object

Container

Title

Tiffin

Production date

1900s-1920s

Material

Brass

Dimensions

Height: 340mm
Width: 22mm

Description

A tiffin carrier for holding ready prepared meals such as curries and chapaties.

The tiffin carrier was brought to London by Mrs B D Pandit in 1946. The Pandit and Jamdagni (formerly Sharma) family came from Delhi, India, to London at different times. Mr D P Pandit was the first to arrive in 1937 for training to be a tailor. He subsequently set up Pandit Brothers Ltd in 1946, a factory manufacturing ladies' dressing gowns, on Balls Pond Road. The first generation came by ship into Tilbury. They lived in Pedro St Clapton and Kingsland Road then settled in Balls Pond Road in 1954.

This is a peetal (brass) family tiffin carrier from the early 20th century. Tiffins, now usually made of stainless steel are used to securely transport prepared meals, typically curries, dhal, rice and chapattis, in a unique minimalist way, with the separate compartments enabling convenient consumption.





Production place

India

Object number

2015.6

On display?

Yes

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