** TINS of TASTE MUSEUM ** within the NationalBreadMuseum.org
Matthias Stielfried Spezialitätenversand GmbH
On the homepage of this company is a banner of a dozen companies for which I believe this company is a distributor. There are seven Lebkuchen ones:
(1) Haeberlein-Metzger (H-M), (2) Lambertz, & (3) Seim which are owned by The Lambertz Group.
(4) Wicklein is part of the Lebkuchen-Schmidt company.
(5) Fraunholz-Lebkuchen, (6) Nusselt, & the (7) lebkuchengeschenk name (which is the name of the (7) Matthias Stielfield website), are the other three. From what is known, these three are stand-alone, independent Lebkuchen companies. Fraunholz has many tins on their website, and Nusselt just a few. Each often repeats tins. In various years, one or more of these two companies' tins are sold via the "lebkuchengeschenk"/Matthias Stielfield website, but not consistently.
H-M puts out many new tins each year, & sometimes a few repeats, but they only sell wholesale, so to get their tins by ordering online, it's either through "lebkuchengeschenke," or sometimes Lambertz. The alternative is to be in Germany . . . or have a friend or family living there to shop for you :) !
Lambertz puts out their own variety of tins with a HUGE assortment of various cookies, not specifically Lebkuchen. They also sell tins under the name of Spezialitaten-Haus of Aachener Printen. They're also a distributor/seller of various companies' tins, but the company names are not often mentioned on their website.
It's unknown when the last Seim tin was made, but once in awhile a Wicklein tin still pops up!
Logos on labels of tins.
From the bottom of tins, these are several identification logos on the Matthias Stielfield company Lebkuchen tins.
Some Lebkuchen companies sell their Lebkuchen and various varieties of cookies and pastries in many sizes of illustrated, cardboard gift boxes vs. tins. There are even some different tiered or shaped containers, but generally of a solid color, sometimes with a basic holiday or other general design, but not with "story-telling" art work or specific, company advertising (such as the company name, date, etc.) which is generally my interest in a tin for historical preservation.
About 2018, I saw two different, very old (probably during or pre-WWII) cardboard Lebkuchen "tins" on the German eBay, but couldn't get them because of them being in Germany. (The postage cost for shipping is prohibitive for me!! I need a partner in Germany as a "receiver" & keeper, & then I'd pay postage once a year for only ONE box!) I only say "tins" because the shape was like the tins of today, and not "just a box." So it was quite a surprise when in 2022, Matthias Stielfield and Wicklein each put out a "cardboard 'tin'."
This following tin is a great educational piece about the Nurnberg (German spelling) Nuremberg (English) wall.
The panel on the right tells about the historic wall around the Old City Center of Nurnberg.
"309 meters above sea level, the complex still provides a clear picture of the nature of the medieval German free imperial towns. There is still no historical data available about the primordial beginnings, although a document from the year 1050 mentions Nuremberg."
**All the Matthias Stielfield tins have a product info label on the bottom which I'm not including.**
The following is a 2019, 6-stuck (rhymes with spook) tin. Sometimes it's great to see the detail close up.
The first man is Albrecht Durer, the famous artist. See the Lebkuchen-Schmidt page of tins for more info on him. Don't know the other 2 historic men.
Both tins above & below have info stickers on the bottom.
2019; 2 separate mini tins - each: 2.5 x 3.5 x 3.75"; 4 rectangular Lebkuchen in each; labels on the bottom. (TT#3666-67)