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Object ID 001631

Object Name F. F. Adams & Co. Tobacco Lunch Tin

Object Desc F. F. Adams & Co. tobacco lunch tin used as a humidor for chewing and smoking tobacco.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001322

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Tobacco Products


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Tobacco Exhibit North Shelf 3

Object Date

Start Year Range 1910

End Year Range 1950

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords F. F. Adams & Company,lunchboxes,tobacco,smoking,humidors,chewing tobacco,tins,

Title F. F. Adams & Co. Tobacco Lunch Tin

Description Humidor can for F.F. Adams & Co. chew and smoke tobacco. Tin has handle in the lunch pail style; served for a second use after tobacco was gone. Tin is a yellow cylinder with back print and images. Image of the F.F. Adams & Co. factory is printed on back and front. Black border lines the tin. Front and back read "F.F. Adams & Co./The American Tobacco Co. Successor./Trade Mark/Peerless/ Milwaukee." Sides read "Peerless" "Peerless Tobacco" "Tobacco" "Chew or Smoke." Also printed is the Manufacturer's notice. No tax stamp is present, but an imprint remains. Lid and bottom of tin are gray tin. Small holes in lid for humidor use. Handle is wire connection to each side of the tin by tin domes.


Approx Collection Date

Height 9.5

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 5.5

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Dimensions refer to entire tin with handle upright. Handle sits approx. 2.5" above the lid.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker F. F. Adams & Company

Maker Details In 1884, the business was averaging $1 million a year. F.F. Adamsís tobacco factory was called the Badger State Tobacco Works. The favorite brands manufactured by the firm were, in smoking tobacco: Peerless, Excelsior, Standard, Dexter, and Old Tom; and in chewing tobacco, Aromatic, Moss Rose, Pride of the West, and Ambrosia. At some point Henry Avers becomes involved with the firm and the firm name changed to he F.F. Adams Tobacco Co. In 1902, the American Tobacco Company acquired the entire capital stock of FF Adams for $2,205,090. That would be approximately $57 million in todayís value.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001322

Description F.F. Adams & Co. Peerless Tobacco Lunch Tin


Date FEB 28,2014

Summary Poor

Assessor Cassie Coffey

Notes Lid, handles, and bottom of tin have moderate oxidation. Handle is mishapen. Price sticker remnants on outside of tin (not original). Tax stamp is gone, remnants remain, but nothing readible/datable. Scratches and wear on outside of tin.


Date FEB 28,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Cabinet 1, Shelf 4 from Cabinet 1, Shelf 8 - 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 3 from Cabinet 1, Shelf 4 - automatic entry by admin