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Item number: P1995.265

'Dunhills Original' handstamp for liquorice Pontefract Cakes. The stylised castle of a wall between two tower has an owl perched on it. The owl is probably a reference to the Saville family who owned land around Pontefract and Leeds [It is also a symbol used by Leeds]. Locally, it is commonly thought that the emblems on most 'cakes' are based on the siege coins minted at Pontefract Castle in the Civil War. There is no evidence that this is in fact true.
Dunhills Ltd
Date: 1900-19