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Object ID 001230

Object Name Velvet Tobacco Pocket Tin

Object Desc An empty tobacco tin with hinged lid made by the Liggett and Myers Tobacco Co.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001059

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,Velvet (brand),Liggett & Myers Tobacco Co.,tins,smoking,pipes,

Title Velvet Tobacco Pocket Tin

Description An empty tobacco tin that was manufactured by Liggett and Myers Co. The lid is hinged to the can. It has the tax stamp sticker attached to the lid saying 1910 and 2 oz tobacco. The front and back label are the same. It has an image of a pipe letting out smoke that spells velvet. It is on a red background. Near the bottom it says tobacco and the company name. The right side label has a golden background that says it was specially prepared pipe tobacco and cigarette. The left side label is the compliance with the federal government on a gold background and the company name. The bottom has two old stickers. One that looks like from a rummage sale and another that says 101.


Approx Collection Date

Height 4.25

Length 3.25

Width 1

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company

Maker Details Christopher Foulks, was the owner of a snuff mill in New Egypt, New Jersey. During the War of 1812 the mill was razed by British soldiers. Foulks moved west around 1820 and opened a new snuff shop in Belleville, Illinois, in 1822. In 1833 he moved his tobacco business to St. Louis, Missouri, where in 1844 - 1847 John Edmund Liggett entered his grandfather's business. By 1858, Foulks's company was known as J. E. Liggett and Brother. Around 1869 the company created the first blended cigarettes, using a mixture of Turkish and Virginia tobaccos. A partnership was formed with George Smith Myers of Missouri, and in 1873 The Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company was incorporated. John E. Liggett died in 1897 and two years later Liggett & Myers was acquired by American Tobacco Company, controlled by James Buchanan Duke. George S. Myers died in 1910 and in 1911 the opportunity for Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company to be reborn in St Louis again. Today it is known as Liggett Vector Brands Inc.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001059



Date JAN 15,2014

Summary Very Good

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes The tin is mostly tarnished and has some scratches with edge wear.


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