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Object ID 001474

Object Name Original Old Time Shoe Peg Cigar Box

Object Desc Original Old Time Shoe Peg Cigar Box

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001231

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Tobacco Products


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Tobacco Exhibit East Shelf 4

Object Date 1916

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Shoe Peg,Original Old Time Shoe Peg,boxes,tobacco,smoking,cigars,

Title Original Old Time Shoe Peg Cigar Box

Description Wooden cigar box for "Original Old Time Shoe Peg" cigars. Flap lid featuring illustration of shoe on top of lid, left side, and on inner label. Inner label contains catch phrase "Do Not Bite Pull Out Peg and Lite." Box has border that reads "homemade." The word "Ernst" is written multiple times in pencil on the box (possibly a name?). Notice is stamped onto the underside of box. Cigar makers attempted to develop a device to eliminate the biting off of the end of the cigar. One easy innovation was the insertion of a simple inexpensive wooden plug, an already widely manufactured Shoe Peg, into the end of each cigar. Pull the peg and no more biting required. The idea was not patentable, and dozens, if not hundreds, of cigar makers around the U.S. and Canada adopted the novel practice. Pegged cigars, though never 1% of cigars made, became popular enough that major label printers added stock labels with that name.


Approx Collection Date

Height 2.75

Length 9.75

Width 5.5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Dimensions are for entire cigar box.

Quantity 1



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Place of Origin


Maker Details Specific maker unknown.

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Image Caption CMY001231

Description Original Old Time Shoe Peg Cigar Box 1916


Date FEB 13,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Cassie Coffey

Notes The box is structurally sound. However, there are some tears and wear on the labels and box itself. Inside label is in "good" condition, with minor tears.


Date FEB 14,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Cabinet 1, Shelf 9 from Cabinet 1 - automatic entry by admin

Date MAR 25,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Tobacco Exhibit East Shelf 4 from Cabinet 1, Shelf 9 - automatic entry by admin