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Object ID 001595

Object Name B. F. Gravely Chewing Tobacco tin

Object Desc "Superior" brand chewing tobacco from B.F. Gravely, subsidiary of R. J. Reynolds.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001300

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Tobacco Products


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Tobacco Exhibit

Object Date 1917

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords tobacco,chewing tobacco,R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company,B.F. Gravely Chewing Tobacco,tins,

Title B. F. Gravely Chewing Tobacco tin

Description Gold tin with blue text. Reads: "B.F. Gravely Superior, Has sixty years standing as the highest quality of chewing tobacco. Tobacco still sealed inside, tax stamp is from the series of 1917. Text underneath lead shows that R.J. Reynolds was the parent company at the time, and gives credit to B.F. Gravely being a long standing brand of chewing tobacco. Text on bottom side reads: "Widely known by chewers of this class of tobacco as being the purest and best tobacco that can be produced." Factory notice printed below the text.


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Height 0

Length 3.25

Width 2.25

Depth 0

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Circumference 0

Weight 0

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Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

Maker Details At the beginning of the 1900s, Reynolds bought most of the competing tobacco factories in Winston-Salem.[3] The company produced 25% of America's chewing tobacco.[3] 1907's Prince Albert smoking tobacco became the company's national showcase product, which led to high-profile advertising in New York City's Union Square.[3] The Camel cigarette became the most popular cigarette in the country. The Reynolds company imported so much French cigarette paper and Turkish tobacco for Camel cigarettes that Winston-Salem was designated by the United States federal government as an official port of entry for the United States, despite the city being 200 miles (320 km) inland.[3] Winston-Salem was the eighth-largest port of entry in the United States by 1916.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1300



Date FEB 26,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Ben Locke

Notes The tin itself has a good amount of edgewear and scratching, but has no major damage, and the tobacco is still sealed inside with an intact tax stamp.


Date FEB 28,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Cabinet 1, Shelf 8 from Cabinet 1, Shelf 2 - 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 from Cabinet 1, Shelf 8 - automatic entry by admin