JAMES DEAN "Lunch box or Case" SO RARE!!!

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by adamdarlington, Sep 7, 2018.

  1. adamdarlington

    adamdarlington New Member


    I just recently joined i am a British up and coming actor :)

    I recently came across this "james dean" Officially licensed lunch box or carry case from 1979.

    I have literally googled every possibility and tried ebay and i can't find any information about this product at all.

    Does anyone know anything at all?
    Any ideas on a value?

    any help is so appreciated

    Sorry for the super small images it was due to the image format not allowing me to upload full size.

    thank you,
    Adam darlington



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  2. adamdarlington

    adamdarlington New Member

    Sorry i didn't include the TEXT still learning the forum.

    On the bottom of the box it reads

    "Production by Trevu Italiana - Cernuso S/N (MI) MADE IN ITALY

    I can't find an image of this product ANYWHERE on the internet but it seems to be an officially licensed product and not from china.
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  3. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    Hi and WELCOME to ANTIQUERS, @adamdarlington!!! I believe for anyone to help you, you will have to post images MUCH larger.....your images can be up to but no larger than 1 MB each, but around 600 x 800 can be a good size......load them ALL, then tap the very Top Image that says "Post all images full size"!!
  4. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    As manufacturer was located just outside of Milan, might well have been an item produced for Fiorucci. Timing's about right. They opened first UK store in 1975. Hard to tell from your photographs but... Given rough condition, can't imagine it has any value at all.

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  5. adamdarlington

    adamdarlington New Member


    Thank you for your quick replies,

    i hope these are better images i have managed to re-size them and i know the condition is bad but i couldn't find this item, anywhere on social media, ebay or the internet at all and its been officially licensed.


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  6. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    normally , when searching does not reveal any match , it's usually because the item in question is not worth anyone's time or effort to post photo's of it. !

    If it's worth something...and highly collectable......it's findable...;)
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  7. adamdarlington

    adamdarlington New Member

    Yes, your right just its a strange one because the items been officially licensed however it seems i have the only one ANYWHERE... pro-type or just worthless junk? will wait for other replies today and who knows.
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  8. antidiem

    antidiem Well-Known Member

    What does the "JHS" on the interior signify?
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  9. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the forum, Adam.
  10. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Moderator Moderator

    Are you sure its a lunch box?
    It looks more like an instrument box to me, aluminium for protection.
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  11. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I was also wondering about the coloured stains on the inside. Maybe used for paint, artist supplies?
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  12. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Moderator Moderator

    Perhaps a small musical instrument with foam inserts to keep it rigid, like camera and lens cases.
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  13. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Could be. The lining of the foam could have left stains. I can imagine someone would want a case that suited their taste, like a James Dean case.

    Maybe microphones? When I still sang I had my own Sennheiser mike which was best to transmit the sound of my voice, other mikes work better for others. Some singers have several mikes. Mine came with a small fitted case. Plain black, blue foam, no James Dean.;)
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  14. anundverkaufen

    anundverkaufen Bird Feeder

  15. verybrad

    verybrad Well-Known Member

    See a lot of these licensed Hollywood icon products produced in the 70s and beyond. They are fashion accessories. Not a lot of interest in them since the stars they often portray have been dead for decades and the primary interest lies in items produced in their lifetimes. Could have some collectible interest but doubt it is worth too much. I would bet there are a lot more of these out there. Just not of sufficient interest to create much of an internet presence. The asking price of 75 Euros for the one seems ambitious to me.
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  16. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    Around here, in that condition, you'd be lucky to get US$5 for it. Someone used that as a paint box. I actually do have a metal lunch box here, but it's recent - Dr Who. (LOL) It's currently full of beads rather than sandwiches.
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  17. adamdarlington

    adamdarlington New Member

    I have items of clothing in the new DR WHO ;) anundverkaufen OMG you found one i spent hours literally looking, THANKS and yeah i am guessing its worth £5 so i have broken even on it, its actually thick card-board type material or seems it i guess if it was not coloured in paint then maybe it would be worth £25-£30
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  18. Cronker

    Cronker Active Member

    There are a couple of things that would probably effect the value:
    It’s relatively recent, so the hardcore Dean collectors would likely already have one.
    The other market would be kitsch enthusiasts and they wouldn’t pay much.
    A fiver sounds about right.
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