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Object ID 001229

Object Name Oceanic Cut Plug Tobacco Tin

Object Desc Two empty tin cans with hinged lids made by the Scotten-Dillion Company

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001058a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Tobacco Products


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Tobacco Exhibit North Shelf 4

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Tobacco,Oceanic Cut Plug Tobacco,Scotton-Dillion Company,tins,

Title Oceanic Cut Plug Tobacco Tin

Description Two tin boxes with hinged lids made by the Scotten-Dillion Co. The color in the background of the tins is yellow. The bottom of the can is blank. The top has the label Oceanic Cut Plug in Bold Red. An image of the ocean liner Oceanic framed by two fish where the company name and location is written in black. The same image is on the front and back of the can. The right label of the tin can says Oceanic Cut Plug Union Made in red and black. The left side has the factory no. and explains that the company has complied with the federal gov't. not to use the package again. There are two vertical lines in light blue.


Approx Collection Date

Height 3.25

Length 6

Width 3.75

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details The lid in .25" in height

Quantity 2



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Scotten-Dillion Company

Maker Details In 1852, Daniel Scotten began his career in Detroit's tobacco industry as an apprentice to cigar maker Isaac Miller. At that time, Detroit was known for its cigar and chewing tobacco production, producing 210 million cigars and 14 million pounds of chewing tobacco a year. In the late1880s, Scotten moved to a bigger factory and renamed his company the Scotten-Dillon Company, to signify the addition of a corporate partner. The company mainly produced cigars, chewing, and flake tobacco. By the 1890s, Scotten-Dillon had 1200 employees and $4 million in annual sales. The Conwood Corporation would eventually acquire the company. One of Scotten-Dillon's brands was Oceanic Cut Plug tobacco. This was a reference to the 1899 ship Oceanic, built for the White Star Line by Harland Wolff Ltd. Known as the "Queen of the Sea" and considered the most glorious ship of her time, the White Star Liner was built for around one million pounds silver. The ship would have 15 years of service until 1914.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001058a-b



Date JAN 15,2014

Summary Good

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes There is edge wear along the seams. Some scratches and dents all over both tins. The lids are hard to close because of the dents.


Date FEB 18,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Cabinet 1, Shelf 8 from Cabinet 1 - automatic entry by admin

Date MAR 25,2014

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from On-Site Collection Storage - automatic entry by admin

Date MAR 25,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Tobacco Exhibit North Shelf 4 from Cabinet 1, Shelf 8 - automatic entry by admin