These pictures are of what may possibly be the last tin of 'ANTIQUAX' (gedditt?) to be sold in the West of England. It's certainly the last one to be sold in the Larkhall ironmongers, as they have now gone out of business (the wax-producers, not Langridges), and will not be making any more. I apologise for the smear of glue which my glamorous assistant has left on the lid - he refuses to use all the nice bits of cardboard I leave out especially for the purpose of mixing glue on (grrr...).
It is actually no great loss to the world of marble restoration and conservation, because wax is wax, and there are plenty of substitutes with exactly the same ingredients - i.e. wax.
Given the tin's claim that this product is widely used by the nobility of England, I am amazed that they should go out of production after all these years. After all, white marble needs a good waxing every now and then (don't we all?), no matter how old it is. There is something missing from this tin's advertising which would probably have assured it a solid position in the market for many years to come, though. Can you guess what it is?
Yes that's right - a Royal Appointment seal of approval. A crown or the three feathers, discreetly placed in a prominent position on the lid may have increased the shelf-life for as long as Olde England exists in it's present monarchic form, but noblesse oblige does not seem to extend as far as the Antiquax factory.
Having said that, I have a sculptor friend who received all the trappings of a Royal Appointment after he made a sculpture for Princess Diana when she was still with her last husband, and he is now out of work I believe (the sculptor, not Charles). Mind you, look what happened to Diana - maybe it was a curse?
The thing I will most miss about this packaging when the tin finally runs out, is the little portrait of Lance Hattatt above the motto.