Object ID 001540
Object Name Boar's Head Tobacco
Object Desc Foil/Paper packet of Boar's Head tobacco. For cigarette rolling. 0.5 oz.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY001265
General Category History
Category Tobacco Products
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location Tobacco Exhibit North Shelf 6
Start Year Range 1930
End Year Range
Status On Exhibit
Object Keywords Boar's Head Tobacco,Pritchard & Burton,Cigarette,tobacco,
Title Boar's Head Tobacco
Description Small foil/paper packet of Boar's Head Tobacco wrapped in cellophane with tear strip. Paper is blue and yellow with boar head logo. Top of packet reads "Boar's Head Tobacco/half ounce when packed sold subject to lose by evaporation." Bottom reads "Pritchard & Burton LTD. London/For Cigarette Rolling."
Approx Collection Date
Unit of Measure Inches/ounces
Dimension Details The above dimensions are for the entire packet.
Place of Origin
Maker Pritchard & Burton
Maker Details Most famous for its celebrated Boar's Head Shag blend, made from East Indian raw leaf tobacco which proved very popular with London's working classes. Alfred Burton's decision not to join the new Imperial Tobacco Company and refusal to invest in the cigarette, believing it to be just a passing fad, possibly hampered the success of the company. However the firm remained prosperous into the early 20th century, providing pipe tobacco within the London area. The company began to advertise extensively from the 1930s mostly on the London Underground network. By the 1940s, the firm was performing poorly, and was taken over by George Dobie and Son Limited of Paisley, Scotland. Within one year, Pritchard and Burton was sold to Godfrey Phillips Limited of London. In 1968 the Acton factory was closed and within a few months, the Phillips group was taken over by the American firm of Phillip Morris Inc. until the 1980s.
Date FEB 20,2014
Summary Very Good
Assessor Cassie Coffey
Notes Packet is in very good condition with minor wear. There is no rips in the cellophane or tear strip. A small amount of tobacco is floating inside cellophane.
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