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Object ID 001467

Object Name Dill's Best Smoking Tobacco Humidor Can

Object Desc Dill's Best smoking tobacco humidor can.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001226

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Tobacco Products


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Cabinet 1

Object Date

Start Year Range 1920

End Year Range 1946

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Dill's Best (brand),tobacco,J. G. Dill Company,humidors,tins,smoking,

Title Dill's Best Smoking Tobacco Humidor Can

Description Humidor can for "Dill's Best Smoking Tobacco Rubbed Cube Cut." Tin is painted like wood grain with gold accents and an illustration of a woman on the lid. Words "Trade Mark" are also located on the lid. Sides of can have banner with "Rich Mellow Smoke," "Long Cool Smoke," "Smooth Aromatic Smoke," Company name, "Smoking Tobacco," and factory information. Inside of lid has information sheet on how to use the humidor, i.e. how much water to add.


Approx Collection Date

Height 4

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 5.75

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Dimensions are for Tin with Lid attached.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker J. G. Dill Company

Maker Details J.G. Dill was once a great Virginia tobacco company, known worldwide for its Dillís Best pipe tobacco. While as far as we know the tobacco brand Dillís does not survive, Dillís Premium Pipe Cleaners, known by their yellow and red package, do live on. The 1946 trademark application for Dillís Best from U.S. Tobacco points to the first use of the Dillís Best name in 1885, though other packages say 1848. Dillís also made a nautical-feeling brand called Look Out cut plug, and had sister brands like the cigarette called Sano (an early low tar), as well as Tweed and Model. It is unclear when U.S. Tobacco (or J.G. Dill) started selling pipe cleaners

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001226

Description Dill's Best Humidor Can


Date FEB 13,2014

Summary Good

Assessor Cassie Coffey

Notes Can has rusting on the edges of the lid, and small dents. However, all images are readible and the can is complete with paper insert.


Date FEB 13,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Cabinet 1 from H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit - automatic entry by admin