Two cans of beer dating from 1936 to be offered at auction in London on Thursday

YES !!! Two cans of beer dating from 1936!

The beer is from Felinfoel, the second brewery to start canning in the UK. They were canned to be shipped out to North Africa to support “Monty’s” troops. They are estimated to fetch £1,000 – 1,600 at auction.

Here is the catalogue description:

Long before pale ales came in a can with labels with paint splatter and skulls emblazoned on them, at the very birth of canned beer, there was Felinfoel Brewery. The second ever beer to be canned, and the first outside of the USA. In 1936 Felinfoel began canning beer due to its close relationship with the Tin Plate industry in Wales, Wales was producing vast quantities of Tin Plate in 1930 (in 1890 80% of the worlds tin plate came from Wales). With the onset of World War 2 Felinfoel exclusively supplied the Ministry of Defence, and cans such as these were sent to Monty’s troops in North Africa.

These two cans are in excellent condition. Passed down through the family one can is still full, and the other has lost some (but not all) of the liquid inside to evaporation from the base of the can.

One can full and sealed. Both in exceptional condition. The can that has suffered some evaporation has minor label damage where the seal is weak at the base of the can.

Other highlights in the sale include:

One Magnum of Krug 1976

Champagne, France – 1976 was warmer than usual which has led to the 1976 being soft and well rounded an excellent wine, and in the perfect bottle format to have aged to perfection. Drinking well now. Estimate £1000-£1200

1 Magnum of Ruinart l’exclusive Non-Vintage Champagne

The bottle is encased in a metal cage and presented in a silk lined wooden box with its own key.

Produced for the Millennium the wine is 100% Chardonnay, but a blend from various years, the oldest of which is 1904. This explains the rich, dark colour and intense lustre to the wine. On the nose it carries green and herbaceous notes, rich oyster and a heavy weight of Burgundy-esque Chardonnay with citrus acidity and earthy tobacco. The Palate shows the maturity and richness of an aged cognac with ripe autumnal fruits, butter, fig and nuttiness with a beautifully harmonious finish of minerality.

Numbered Bottle 494 of 140,000. Fill Level – Mid Neck. Bottle condition is excellent.

Estimate £300 – £400

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