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Object ID 001682

Object Name Big Ben Smoking Tobacco tin

Object Desc Rectangular, metal pocket tin for tobacco. Hinged lid. Orange with image of horse at center on front and back sides.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001981

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Tobacco Products


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Tobacco Exhibit North Shelf 5

Object Date

Start Year Range 1927

End Year Range 1940s

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords tobacco,smoking,pipes,cigarettes,Big Ben Smoking Tobacco,Brown & Williamson,tobacco tins,tins,

Title Big Ben Smoking Tobacco tin

Description Rectangular, metal pocket tin for tobacco. Rounded edges and hinged lid. Tin is orange with image of horse with barn in background. Text at top "Big Ben" and below horse "Smoking Tobacco / For Pipe & Cigarettes". Tax stamp runs across sides and lid. On left side of tin is manufacturer information, but covered under stamp. On right side is Factory No. info. On back, graphic is nearly identical to front, but behind the horse is image of a B&W coupon. Text at bottom reads, "Valuable B&W Coupon / Inside this Tin / Save for Handsom Premiums". At lower edge is "Union Made" sticker. Interior of lid is text "Valuable B&W Coupon Inside / Save for Handsome Premiums."


Approx Collection Date

Height 4.5

Length 0

Width 3.13

Depth 0.88

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 0



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation

Maker Details George T. Brown and Robert Lynn Williamson founded Brown & Williamson in North Carolina. In 1927, the company sold the business to British American Tobacco, and the company became the Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1981



Date MAR 7,2014

Summary fair

Assessor BN

Notes Overall, metal is scratched on the exterior and worn. Scratches on interior. Slight dent at top edges of tin and at front of lid. blue paper running across at top with pieces of cellophane attached. Unsure if original. Tax stamp is worn with small tears on edges. Loose at right side. Dent on right side of can at bottom edge. On back loss of Union Made stampe on right edge at at bott edge at left. Bottom edge of can is rusted and tarnished. Bottom of tin is scratched with light wear. Interior of tin is tarnished with discoloration around the bottom edge.


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

Date MAR 25,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Tobacco Exhibit North Shelf 5 from Tobacco Exhibit North Shelf 6 - automatic entry by admin