Paul Gillmore

I have enjoyed collecting for many decades, coast-to-coast, mostly antique tins and vintage hand-tinted photographs. Now retired, it’s time to display and share them with everyone. There are twelve items in this sale, but I do invite you to please come visit and browse my website for a greater selection. Thank you.

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(250) 871-2270

27-20 Anderton Avenue
Courtenay, BC V9N 2G8


Item Price: $95

Item Description: There are plenty of Dill’s Best tins out there, but you won’t find one in this FAB condition, nor with a fully intact “CANADA one eighth pound” tariff stamp on it. Vivid Deep Colour and Graphic, Stunning Condition, Clean Hinge, Made in England. Size: 3.75 x 2.25 x .75


Item Price: $125

Item Description: A CANADIAN CLASSIC! And this one is in almost perfect condition. Clear & Crisp Image, Inside Graphics, Vivid Colours. Clean inside & out. Hinge is in perfect working order. Made in Canada. Size 5.75 X 4.25 X .75″ high

3.  BRITANNIA & WESTWARD OFF COWES, painting by Frank H. Mason.

Item Price: $95

Item Description: An amazing Antique Tin! Minimal damage to this Britannia Yacht Racing Scene. A Classic Tin: Large, Rectangular, Clean inside and out. Easy-Open smooth working hinge. Overall stunning. Made in England. Size: 9.5 wide x 7.25 deep x 4″ high.


Item Price: $85

Item Description: A splendid 1955 Souvenir tin of the Coronation of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II. Tin made by G.F. Lovell & Co. Ltd. Original ‘Toffee Rex” paper label on bottom. Rare to have a tin in this FAB condition, displaying the Queen and The Duke’s portraits in unscratched deep colour condition. Made in England. Size: 8.5 X 6.25 X 1.25″ high.

5.   LAKE LOUISE, Alberta

Item Price: $105

Item Description: A Uniquely framed Hand-Tinted Photograph of Lake Louise, Alberta. Single matted, Single traced, Pencil Titled. Original Gold Frame with Sealed Dust Cover. Stamp on back identifies the Framer, Laurie Dion, (Pittaway-Jarvis Ltd.) 34 Elgin St. Ottawa. Image: 3.25 x 4.25,
Framed: 7.25 x 8.75


Item Price: $120

Item Description: A beatiful Hand-Tinted Photograph, Not Titled. Signed by Artist (Lindsay Cowling) Attributed to Nova Scotia. A highly collectable 20’s Field & Stream like image. Silver Black Frame, Single White Matte Embossed, Sealed Back. Image: 3.75 x 5.5, Framed: 8.75 x 10.5


Item Price: $125

Item Description: A Wonderful Hand-Tinted photograph; Clean, Crisp image of the Capilano River looking to Vancouver’s North Shore Lions Peaks. Single Matte Embossed. Pencil Titled and location (Vancouver B.C.) Original Dust Cover & Twine Rope. Antique white hand-made original frame. Image: 4.5 x 6.5, Framed: 8.5 x 10.


Item Price: $180

Item Description: It doesn’t get much better than this! A J.H. Allen Original Hand-Tinted Photograph of Nelson B.C. Beautiful blue and pink tinting of a winter path, photo on embossed matte with pencil outline. Pencil titled, signed and located. All clean, wonderful wear patina on wood frame. Sealed dust cover. J.H. Allen Hamilton Allen (August 17, 1878 – December 25, 1969) He opened a photofinishing business in 1919, which he later developed into Allen’s Art Shoppe located at 505 Baker Street in Nelson, BC. Image: 7 x 5, Framed: 11.5 x 9.5

9.  VANCOUVER BC, 1936 Golden Jubilee Souvenir Book

Item Price: $90

Item Description: Up for sale is an excellent condition booklet of all things Vancouver! Full Sized 9 x 12 inch, B&W green-tint photographs. Their Golden Jubilee marked the 1886 to 1936 time period, and includes a message from then Mayor G. G. McGeer. There is a list of Who’s-Who from Vancouver’s Elite on their Committees, many beautiful historical photographs, maps, schedules, and a complete BONUS is the original removable “Tourist Guide and Key to the Golden Jubilee Celebrations, July 1st to Sept 7th, 1936”. An amazing book to display proudly in your home. Lithographed in Canada by the Vancouver Sun.

10.  THOUGHTS OF YOU, 1910

Item Price: $95

Item Description: A beautiful little booklet (7.75 x 3.75″) entitled “Thoughts For You”, published in 1910 by Dodge Publishing Company, New York. The booklet is printed in Germany and contains 46 perfect pages of famous quotes. The front cover is embossed in silver and gold, with amazingly detailed red roses applied. There is a hand-applied miniature painting of some sort on the inside front insert. The booklet is hand-bound with a delicate silk ribbon, (broke at back see pic). The original shipping box is also included that shows a name and address mailed to in Paris, Ontario. A one-of-a-kind addition to your collection! 

11.  “MAN” JUNGLE WISE AND OTHERWISE, 1948 1st ed.

Item Price: $25

Item Description: Author: John McNaughton, Illustrated by E. Lindner, Printed in Canada by Modern Press Limited, Saskatoon 1948, 1st Edition SIGNED DEDICATED DATED by Author. A clean, tight, non marked softcover copy of McNaughton’s famous book, and more famous illustrations by E. Lindner. Dustcover in very good condition, minor edge-tears and top-front discolouration. “His-story as here told, shows how Man, inspite of his great achievements has himself only developed in a lopsided manner.”

12.  WHO DARE TO LIVE, 1944 1st ed.

Item Price: $50

Item Description: Author: Frederick B. Watt, Lt. Cmdr., R.C.N.V.R., Published by The Macmillan Company of Canada, Toronto, 1944. 1st Editon Printed in Canada by the Hunter-Rose Co. Ltd. Toronto. This HARDCOVER book is historical in that there is a signed slip inside, an original newspaper clipping, and a detailed, dated, account of who the author is to the original owner. Book in great condition, dust cover in good condition. A poetic and moving account of a Canadian Naval Officer’s life during WW2.