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Permission was received by the Lebkuchen-Schmidt company to show their logo for the benefit of historical and educational purposes.  It's one of their identification marks on some of their cartons and tins.  This Tins of Taste page is not affiliated with the company, but I've received much support by them for information through the past 30+ years.  Donna Kozak, Founder

  GERMANY -- Lebkuchen-Schmidt
  formerly known by it's founder's name:
E. Otto Schmidt Lebkuchen

Renamed the Lebkuchen-Schmidt Company about 1990.
cover of a 2021 tin
cover of a 2021 tin

The used-to-be, commonly-known, "Otto Schmidt" Lebkuchen Company began in 1926 according to their history info on this following website:  do a highlight, copy, & paste of this because it won't connect in a link:  https://www.lebkuchen-schmidt.com/en/about-us/company-and-history/   In 2017, they put out a 90th anniversary Festive Chest. They have had a history of packaging Lebkuchen in beautiful tins at least since 1956, which is the earliest year for their largest tin named the Festive Chest.  Possibly, prior to then, there could have been an untold number of other tins &/or chests, but it's hard to determine.  (I know there are 2 chests of the same size with 730/1 and 730/2 numbers on them and were most likely prior to 1956.  Possibly they were used to see if people would purchase a larger quantity and variety at one time?!?  So it's possible that those two were issued in 1954 & 1955.)

The company told me they kept no records, nor photos (just a typed list which they gave me on a visit in 1990, of Festive Chest descriptions since the first in 1956).  It was in 1990, when they produced their first catalog for the 1990/91 holiday season, and the new Lebkuchen-Schmidt name was used with their "Zollhausstrasse 30" address in Nürnberg.  Until the 1980s, very seldom was there an identifying date on most tins/Dosen and chests/Truhen.  This changed when the ingredient list was required in the 1980s, and then all the ingredient info was printed on the bottom of the "tins/Dosen," and a sell-by date was stamped on.  

But for the Otto Schmidt Lebkuchen chests/Truhen, a sell-by date is stamped on the box, and a separate ingredient info paper is inside.  So again, prior to the change in the 1980s, it's extremely difficult to accurately date almost every tin & chest before then, and even since -- especially the ones considered "chests," not only for Otto Schmidt, but for all Lebkuchen companies because very seldom is there a date on the tin, itself.  

A rare exception used to be the "Festive Chest"/Festtags-Truhe up through 2020, which today is translated into English on the website as the "Holiday Chest," but then in 2021, there was no date (!), nor in 2022!!  Also, because the date for chests is only stamped on the box, dating empty chests for the resale market is virtually impossible without a resource of the original box or verifiable company documents.  Part of the purpose of this website, throughout future years, is to help with that.  

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For documentary purposes, the photographs follow what everyone should use as the standard photographing system of a tin:
A - the cover; + sometimes a cover detail;  The cover determines the shape & some of the size of the tin.
B - Beginning with the seam on the left, designs on the tin are in the sequence of turning the tin clockwise.  For website viewing, not all designs on every tin are always shown, but the photos will begin with the seam to the left and photos going around to the right, turning the tin clockwise.  (With 99% of the tins, there is only one seam for the side panels, but there have been a few exceptions with large rectangular or square tins having 2-4 seams.  If so, I try to note such.)
C - Also, if there are repeats of designs on the front & back, or the two side/or end panels, there won't be duplicate photos, but then I do try to give that info.  If a tin has no identification on the bottom, it won't be shown, and there are times a photo of the bottom (with insignificant stamped info) will also be omitted to conserve space on this page, but yet have the art designs large enough for viewing.

Description Info given: Identifying the name and/or style of the tin if there is one known & the year.
If there is a (ToT#xxxx), it is the museum's internal catalog #.  Pay no attention.  Those #s are not sequential w/dates.  If there is a 2nd # in (---), it's the company # - from a Lebkuchen-Schmidt catalog or on the tin itself.  

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This website page displays Otto Schmidt & Lebkuchen-Schmidt chests, tins, & some related info according to the following INDEX:             

Festive & Nuremberg-named CHESTS (truhen)   --   New ones are filled with gorgeously decorated bags, boxes, & containers of many various flavors of Lebkuchen, & some other traditional types of holiday cookies, etc.

All Other CHESTS  (filled when bought new, with decorative bags, boxes, or wrappers of various varieties of Lebkuchen and related cookies)

All Various TINS (dose) which originally held 4-to-8 Lebkuchen cookies per tin.  Lebkuchen are unglazed, white-glaze coated, or milk- or dark-chocolate coated.

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1 - Festive Chest - Q: How old are you?!?  A: 67 in 2022  (above - Lebkuchen bakers - 1972 - #17)
(NOTE:  # 4-5-6 info, below, was updated/corrected on Nov. 13, 2023, for continued accuracy as facts of dates are discovered.)

(1) Since 1956, there has been a new design each year.
(2) The cover is hinged with a flat top, curved or sloping edges, a flat rim, & squared-off corners.
(3) Sometimes the design has a 3-D surface on the cover &/or frame.  (Both are on the bakers above.)
(4) 1956 (735/01) - 1997 (735/42)(more?) there was a "735/xx" number on the outside center back of the flat edge of the cover.
(5) 1984 - 1997 (maybe more) the year was also pressed into the bottom of the tin, so each had double identification.
(6) 1998 - 2020 the year continued to be pressed into the bottom of the chest, but sadly 2021 & 2022 have no dating. The "use/sell by date" is stamped on the outside of the box, as it is on all other "chests."  2023 the date was again pressed into the bottom.
(7) Each Festive Chest had and still has a companion 6-stuck tin inside. (Pronounce stuck to rhyme w/spook.)  That means there were 6 Lebkuchen/cookies inside it. 
(8) Since sometime in the 1980s, the ingredients & a "sell/use by" date have been printed on the bottom of tins/dose (but not on  chests/truhen). Therefore, the previous year is the date of the tin when it was filled with its contents
.  (Some companies have continued to use the same designed tin since I first saw it in the 1980s, but rarely does Lebkuchen-Schmidt repeat a tin.)

2 - Enclosures - Maybe from the beginning in 1956, until around 1995 - 2000, a parchment with the history of the tin art design was included - - glued to the inside of the cover.  When the glued-in parchment was discontinued, a colored art print (which could be framed) was included each year through 2010.  (I won't know specific dates until the glorious day when all of the tins can be unpacked!  There were no photos of this item in the catalogs.)  In 2011, a tin plate "Wall Calendar" was included for 3 years.  In 2014, these tin plates were made as a wall hanging which were still part of the Festive Chest series in 2022.  

*Also, at least some years during the 1980s, a small, wooden, springerle (spring' er lah) cookie mold was included in each Festive Chest.  Springerle is a traditional German cookie, flavored with anise (licorice).  One of the molds in its original packaging shows an enclosed insert telling of some carved wooden mold history:  

In the past it was customary to decorate pastries for a festive occasion. Carving was a centuries-old tradition
and profession, even including a "masters" skill level at some point in time.  The molds were carved of
seasoned wood 
of fruit trees, mostly apple or pear.  The cookie designs are colored either before or after baking.  
In this small insert it's said that there would be a new mold design each year,
but it was the same design in the yearly Festive Chests I bought during those years.

P.S.  Look at how the eye deceives you.  It's the same mold!  You press it on the dough for an imprint.

The following is a portfolio of some of the Festive Chest covers between 1956 and 2022.  During the 1988-91 years of going to 1-5 flohmarkts a week, I was able to collect all but 6 of the Festive Chests.  Also, during the times I've scrolled through thousands of Lebkuchen tins for sale on the German eBay, never once have I seen these missing chests; although, I have seen all of the other years I already have.  Very strange!  Does anyone "out there" know??  

Missing are #s 735/4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11.  The years are  1959, 60, 62, 63, and 65, 66.
The number is on the center back of the outside of the flat rim of the cover.
If anyone reading this has any of the above 6 tins, I'd dearly love some photos.  Please email me at breadmuseum@aol.com.    

1957 - #2
1957 - #2
1958 - #735/3
1958 - #735/3
1961 - #6 (black & silver)
1961 - #6 (black & silver)
1964 - #9 (black & copper)
1964 - #9 (black & copper)
1968 - #13
1968 - #13
1970 - #15 (black with silver)
1970 - #15 (black with silver)
1971 - #16 (copper)
1971 - #16 (copper)
1973 - #18
1973 - #18
1974 - #19 (black)
1974 - #19 (black)
1975 - #20 (brown I believe)
1975 - #20 (brown I believe)
1978 - #735/23 (red)
1978 - #735/23 (red)
1979 - #24 (silver with gold))
1979 - #24 (silver with gold))
1980 - #25
1980 - #25
1981 - #26 (olive green)
1981 - #26 (olive green)
1982 - #27
1982 - #27
1983 - #28 (blue); repeated 2022 in white
1983 - #28 (blue); repeated 2022 in white
1984 - #29 (wine)
1984 - #29 (wine)
1986 - #31 (orange)
1986 - #31 (orange)
1988 - #33 (wine-burgandy)
1988 - #33 (wine-burgandy)
1990 - #35 (blue)
1990 - #35 (blue)
1991 - #36
1991 - #36
1994 - #39
1994 - #39
1996 - #41 (orange I believe)
1996 - #41 (orange I believe)
1997 - #42 (deep burgandy)
1997 - #42 (deep burgandy)
2002 - #47 (burgandy)
2002 - #47 (burgandy)
2003 - #48 (blue)
2003 - #48 (blue)
2006 - #51 (blue)
2006 - #51 (blue)
2009 - #54 (burgandy-deep red)
2009 - #54 (burgandy-deep red)
2012 - #57 (deep blue)
2012 - #57 (deep blue)
2017 - #62 (deep blue & red); similar to Historic Nurnberg 2018
2017 - #62 (deep blue & red); similar to Historic Nurnberg 2018
2018 - #63 (deep blue)
2018 - #63 (deep blue)
2019 - #64 (dark grey)
2019 - #64 (dark grey)
2020 - #65 (deep, deep blue)
2020 - #65 (deep, deep blue)
2022 - #66 (deep blue); from 1983
2022 - #66 (deep blue); from 1983

2019  -  the 64th year of this Festive Chest  -  The house of Albrecht Durer (a famous German painter, 1471-1528) is on the cover.  It's at the northern end of the Old Town area of Nuremberg which is surrounded by a medieval wall with castle towers:  in the 2nd photo.  There's a Youth Hostel in these ancient (500+ yrs.) castle walls :).

Festive Chest 2019 Cover (silver)
Festive Chest 2019 Cover (silver)
front - back repeat
front - back repeat
 sides repeat  (ToT#3729)
sides repeat (ToT#3729)
2019 date pressed in
2019 date pressed in
Personal Photos
Personal Photos
from a visit -->
from a visit -->
to the historical
to the historical
Albrecht Durer
Albrecht Durer
haus (house) in
haus (house) in
Nuremberg,
Nuremberg,
Germany.
Germany.

2018 - Festive Chest - 63rd year -- "The Artist" - Albrecht Durer as the artist & his house on the sides/ends.

Festive Chest 2018 Cover
Festive Chest 2018 Cover
Nuremberg's Castle:  front - back repeat
Nuremberg's Castle: front - back repeat
Albrecht Durer's house   sides/ends repeat  (TofT#3526)
Albrecht Durer's house sides/ends repeat (TofT#3526)
2018 date pressed in
2018 date pressed in

2017:  90th Year Anniversary of the Otto Schmidt company -  Year 62  --  The Night Guard/Town Crier Tin Plate

Festive Chest 2017 - cover
Festive Chest 2017 - cover
cover detail - (TofT#3504)
cover detail - (TofT#3504)
front - back repeat
front - back repeat
sides repeat
sides repeat
2017 Tin Plate to hang
2017 Tin Plate to hang
2017 date pressed in
2017 date pressed in

1991:  36th Festive Chest

Cover; Date on the bottom w~name, address.
Cover; Date on the bottom w~name, address.
back
back
front
front
side
side
side
side

1990:  35th Festive Chest - 1st year of a catalog with color photos of the tins for the Christmas season.  Cost 72,50 DM = $48 in Germany

back with hinged-cover
back with hinged-cover
front
front
side
side
side
side


1978: 23rd Festive Chest - extra colorful; representing a huge segment of central European history in the 1300s.

back with # on center of cover
back with # on center of cover
left side
left side
front
front
right side above & enlarged below
right side above & enlarged below
Charles-Karel-Karl-Carolus-Wenceslaus (all the same) . . . reigned 1346 - death 1378.
Charles-Karel-Karl-Carolus-Wenceslaus (all the same) . . . reigned 1346 - death 1378.
Only King (of Bohemia - Bohemian Kingdom) to also become a Holy Roman Emperor;
Only King (of Bohemia - Bohemian Kingdom) to also become a Holy Roman Emperor;
King of Germany, Luxembourg, & Bohemia (western Czech Republic & SW Poland)
King of Germany, Luxembourg, & Bohemia (western Czech Republic & SW Poland)
infant baptism
infant baptism
(front ) "reading of a decree" - Golden Bull of 1356 ... It had a golden seal (in Latin, bulla). ...
(front ) "reading of a decree" - Golden Bull of 1356 ... It had a golden seal (in Latin, bulla). ...
Kaiser Karl IV; 1316 - 1378;  Regarded as the Father of the Czech Republic; famous Charles Bridge named for him.
Kaiser Karl IV; 1316 - 1378; Regarded as the Father of the Czech Republic; famous Charles Bridge named for him.
... "at the Reichstag (i.e. Parliament) 1355 in Nuremburg"
... "at the Reichstag (i.e. Parliament) 1355 in Nuremburg"
Beekeepers taking their honey to Nuremberg (fur Lebkuchen, ja?  :)) Ja!)
Beekeepers taking their honey to Nuremberg (fur Lebkuchen, ja? :)) Ja!)

1958:  3rd Festive Chest (735/03)

back with hinged-cover
back with hinged-cover
front
front
left side
left side
right side
right side
bottom
bottom
# 735/3 on cover
# 735/3 on cover

ABOVE:  Festive Chests (Began with a 735/xx number system in 1956). 
BELOW:  
- A 6-stuck companion tin was in each Festive Chest.

1.  Festive Chest 6-stuck companion tins  

2019 FC 6-stuck  (ToT#3735)
2019 FC 6-stuck (ToT#3735)
2015 FC 6-stuck; (TofT#3582)
2015 FC 6-stuck; (TofT#3582)
2009 Festive Chest 6-stuck  --  cover
2009 Festive Chest 6-stuck -- cover
2008 Festive Chest    6-stuck  --  cover
2008 Festive Chest 6-stuck -- cover

Index from here to the end:
"Nuremberg" Chests in alphabetical order, & then descending by date:

2 -Colorful Nuremberg Chest
3 -
Historic Nuremberg Chest - hinged cover
4 -
Old Nuremberg Chest - hinged cover
5 -
Picturesque Nuremberg Chest
6 -
Small Nuremberg Chest (Kleines Nurnberg Kastchen)
7 - Nuremberg Arched Chest (half a circle - removeable cover)
8 -
Nuremberg Elisen Chest (large oval - removeable cover)
Nuremberg Gift Chest
10 - Nuremberg Night Chest
11 - Nuremberg Winter Chest

Various -- "One of" or limited-named chests (not with "Nuremberg" in the name):
12 - Art Chest & Art Tin
13 - Globe Chest
14 - Winter's Evening Chest
15 - Winter Village Chest

Begin "Dose" - means "can" - (not a "chest" which is with or w/out a hinged cover) 
16 - Advertising Pillar - Large
17 - Mini Pillars 
18- Diabetic 6-Stuck Tin 
19 - Elisen Tins -- Christkindlesmarkt-2018, Christmas City, Nürnberger, Mini, Small (or various other names) 
20 - Emperor's (Kaiser) Elisen Tin -- 5-stuck
21 - Giant (Grosse) Elisen Round Tin -- Began at least in 1999 (or earlier?)
22 - Hexagonal Elisen Tin (4 7/8" point-to-point; 7 1/8" tall)
23 - Music Box Tins
24 - Rotating Tins - Carousel
25 - Suitcase - Elisen (large - still in 2020 ) & (small/mini)
26 - Telegram Box Tin (a cylinder)

P. S. There were additional names of tins which I never got.  In time, I'll add those names as I go through the catalogs.


"Nuremberg" Chests in alphabetical order, & then descending by date.

2 - Colorful Nuremberg Chest 2018 -- first year for the "colorful" name  (7" x 11" x 5 3/4")

cover
cover
ends/sides repeat
ends/sides repeat
front & back repeat
front & back repeat
bottom - no date
bottom - no date

3 - Historic Nuremberg Chest  -  hinged cover

2018 - Cover - (ToT#3579); similar to 2017 Festive Chest
2018 - Cover - (ToT#3579); similar to 2017 Festive Chest
Ends & front-back repeat.
Ends & front-back repeat.
no date on the tin
no date on the tin
A fairytale story
A fairytale story
written in German
written in German
inside the Historic
inside the Historic
Chest - was maybe in the 2018 tin.
Chest - was maybe in the 2018 tin.
Having fun & baking
Having fun & baking
a Lebkuchen cookie.
a Lebkuchen cookie.

4 - Old Nuremberg Chest  - hinged cover  (8" x 12 3/3 x 6 1/2" high)

2009  --  cover
2009 -- cover
front & back repeat
front & back repeat
ends repeat
ends repeat
contents - mostly Lebkuchen
contents - mostly Lebkuchen

5 - Picturesque Nuremberg Chest 2009 - 7" x 11 7/8" x 4 1/4" high (from 2007-10; & 2017) (2008, 09, 10, have 3-D pop-ups) - (no tins by this name in 2011-16) - (2006 was a "Pictorial" Nuremberg Chest name)

2009 - cover;  has a cardstock,
2009 - cover; has a cardstock,
 (pop-up) diorama
(pop-up) diorama
inside.
inside.
back w/hinges;  .........     repeats on the front
back w/hinges; ......... repeats on the front
ends
ends
stamped info
stamped info

6 - Small Nuremberg Chest (Kleines Nurnberg Kastchen)  -  still made in 2023;  (removeable cover)

2018 - (ToT#3577)
2018 - (ToT#3577)
Front/back & ends repeat.
Front/back & ends repeat.
2009 Small/Little Nuremberg Chest
2009 Small/Little Nuremberg Chest
contents - 3 pkgs. Lebkuchen;  basic Lebkuchen-Schmidt info pressed in tin on the bottom
contents - 3 pkgs. Lebkuchen; basic Lebkuchen-Schmidt info pressed in tin on the bottom

7 - Nuremberg Arched Chest (half a circle - removeable cover)

8 - Nuremberg Elisen Chest (large oval - removeable cover)

2018 - (ToT#3578)
2018 - (ToT#3578)

9 - Nuremberg Gift Chest

10 - Nuremberg Night Chest

11 - Nuremberg Winter Chest

2009
2009
front & back
front & back
ends
ends
contents
contents
pressed tin info
pressed tin info


Various -- "One of" or limited-named chests (not with "Nuremberg" in the name):

12 - Art Chest & Art Tin 

13 - Globe Chest -- In 2008 it was a gold world, tan water;    2009 was a tan world, light blue water;
This is the 2013 globe:  a caramel world, deep blue water.  (Euro 25,90 
filled w/Leb.. . . about $35.00 that year in Germany @ $1.35/Euro, & maybe a total of $50-55 w/shipping that year if ordered directly from the company, OR if you had a military connection who'd buy & mail to you; but if there's a profit to be made by a retailer, the cost in the USA would & still will be at least double & up to triple-or-more the company's Euro/exchanged-into-dollars retail cost for almost all imported products.) 

2013
2013

14 - Winter's Evening Chest

15 - Winter Village Chest


Begin the "Dose" - means "can" or a just a "tin" -
(not a "chest" that does or doesn't have a hinged cover).

16 - Advertising Pillar - Large (4 1/2" round x 8" tall) with 10 Leb.  --  Began in 2008 (2022 = 15th Edition)  

2018 -- #11 Large Pillar - Bottom filled w/basic FDA info
2018 -- #11 Large Pillar - Bottom filled w/basic FDA info
2009  --  #2 Large Pillar -- 4 1/2" rd x 8"
2009 -- #2 Large Pillar -- 4 1/2" rd x 8"

17 - MINI PILLARS   (2 5/8" round x 7 1/8" tall)  with 6 mini round Lebkuchen; Bottoms have the printed Otto Schmidt logo & content info and the stamped "use by date." 

2019 - 12th Edition
2019 - 12th Edition
2018 - 11th Edition
2018 - 11th Edition

18 - Diabetic 6-Stuck Tin (Dose)  - What's great about this tin with raised embossing is that the cover has a date!

1975
1975

19 - Elisen Tins  --  Christkindlesmarkt-2018, Christmas City, Nürnberger, Mini, Small (or various other names)

2009 - Elisendose  -----  4 1/2" round x 5 1/2" tall
2009 - Elisendose ----- 4 1/2" round x 5 1/2" tall
bottom of tin fully printed with all required FDA info
bottom of tin fully printed with all required FDA info
company Art-Nr. 5073 42 & Art-Nr. 61319
company Art-Nr. 5073 42 & Art-Nr. 61319
2019 - Elisendose - 4 1/2" round x 5 1/2" tall
2019 - Elisendose - 4 1/2" round x 5 1/2" tall

20 - Emperor's (Kaiser) Elisen Tin -- 5-stuck

21 - Giant (Grosse) Elisen Round Tin  --  Began at least in 1999 (or earlier?) 

22 - Hexagonal Elisen Tin     (4 7/8" point-to-point; 7 1/8" tall) 

2009 8-stuck; cover
2009 8-stuck; cover

23 - Music Box Tins

2009 Music Box
2009 Music Box
basic pressed info on the bottom
basic pressed info on the bottom
ToT#537
ToT#537

24 - Rotating Tins - Carousel 

25 - Suitcase - Elisen (large and mini sizes:  began ?xxx?;  2020 last year ) 

26 - Telegram Box Tin (a hinged-cover cylinder)

2009 - 1st of 8-9 years; some designs were sold for 2 years - sometimes a different background color/design
2009 - 1st of 8-9 years; some designs were sold for 2 years - sometimes a different background color/design