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Object ID 001238

Object Name Buttercup Sweet Scotch Snuff can

Object Desc An snuff can that was made by Helme Tobacco Co.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001063

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Tobacco Products


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Tobacco Exhibit North Shelf 6

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords snuff,tobacco,Buttercup Sweet Scotch Snuff,Helme Tobacco Co.,cans,

Title Buttercup Sweet Scotch Snuff can

Description an snuff can made by the Helme Tobacco Co. The lid on the can is embossed. It says "Quality Helme Snuff." The can label has a white background. The frontand back of the label has the brand name in red and blue words with an image of buttercup flowers. the net weight is 1.15 oz. The right side label says the companies name and the location. It has a purple stamp of 21and something else. The left side label says Helme Quality Snuff. The two side labels are written in blue words.


Approx Collection Date

Height 2.25

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 1.75

Circumference 5.75

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Helme Tobacco Co.

Maker Details In 1866, George W. Helme formed a partnership with his brother-in-law, Jacob Charles Appleby, over the Railroad Mills property. Helme became the sole owner in 1872. After Helme's death, his son, George A. Helme, became president and chairman of the board of the snuff mill company. The George W. Helme Company was dissolved in May 1900, but the facility was purchased by the American Snuff Company in February 1900 and the snuff mill continued to operate under the name of the George W. Helme Co. In 1910, the snuff mill employed 500. By 1925, it was the largest snuff mill complex in the world. The mill continued operating until 1993 when it was purchased by Swisher International and the operations were moved to Wheeling, West Virginia.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001063



Date JAN 16,2014

Summary Excellent

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes Some minor edge wear along the label.


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 6 from Cabinet 1, Shelf 8 - automatic entry by admin