On the label

Chelsea Royal Boot Dubbin
for black or brown boots
Called the football dubbin
Caswell & Co Ltd, Kettering
on reverse
Directions for use: The best waterproof Dubbin for Golf, Fishing, Shooting, Hunting, and Football Boots, Leather &c. Use freely with hand or small brush, especially round soles & seams as it will dry tacky in a short time. Footballs keep light in heavy weather if freely dressed before and after use.

Chelsea royal boot dubbin
Chelsea royal boot dubbinThis 75mm diameter by 30mm deep tin, printed in red, orange, light blue and dark blue on a white ground, still has some of the golden grease remaining (its constituents parts now somewhat separated and with the pleasant marzipan smell like Wren’s polish).
Its gilt base carries instructions for use printed in black.
Photos: David Pratt

Chelsea dubbin
Photo: David Pratt
On the label

Chelsea Royal Boot Dubbin
for black or brown boots
Known as the football dubbin
Caswell & Coy. Ltd., Kettering, Eng.
Made in England since 1890

The wider and flatter tin (85mm x 20mm) is more simply printed in just red and dark blue on a white ground and is now ‘known as the football dubbin’, not ‘called the football dubbin’.

Chelsea Dubbin known as “The football dubbin” – made in England since 1890. This 3½ inch tin is printed in red, light blue and dark blue on a white ground although the print has yellowed a bit with age. Contents are a golden grease.
Chelsea Dubbin

This 3½ inch tin is printed in red, light blue and dark blue on a white ground and has gained a weight declaration of 2¾ ozs.
Chelsea dubbin
Photo: David Pratt

Chelsea dubbin
Photo: David Pratt

Chelsea black dubbin
Photo: David Pratt

Chelsea dubbin leatherfood
Photo: David Pratt

Information about the manufacturer Caswell’s here: Caswell & Co Ltd

A Caswell dubbin supplied to Hawkins of Northampton. Tin owner Alan Ball says “I must have had the tin lying around for the past 45 plus years or so, since the middle 1960’s at least. Still looks OK and has retained its unique aroma!”
The label is printed on the reverse of the Caswell’s normal label “Honeysuckle Dubbin”.
Caswell's dubbin
Photo: Alan Ball



This page was last updated: 03rd August 2013