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Object ID 001693

Object Name Velvet Tobacco pocket tin

Object Desc Metal container with hinged lid and rounded corners for Velvet Pipe & Cigarette tobacco. Red background. Image of pipe and cigarette at center.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001987

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 1946

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords tobacco,Velvet (brand),Liggett & Myers Tobacco Co.,pipes,smoking,cigarettes,tobacco tins,tins,

Title Velvet Tobacco pocket tin

Description Metal container with hinged lid and rounded sides. Pocket-size. Red background with "Velvet" at top center in white text. Below center image of pipe and cigarette. At bottome edge in green rectangle "Pipe & Cigarette / Tobacco". Tax stamp running across lid and right side, Series 116. Left side of tin has Factory No. info. Right side has text running vertically "Manufactured By / Liggett & Myers Tobacco Co." Back of tin has description of product.


Approx Collection Date

Height 4.5

Length 0

Width 3

Depth 1

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

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Quantity 0



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company

Maker Details Christopher Foulks, was the owner of a snuff mill in New Egypt, New Jersey. During the War of 1812 the mill was razed by British soldiers. Foulks moved west around 1820 and opened a new snuff shop in Belleville, Illinois, in 1822. In 1833 he moved his tobacco business to St. Louis, Missouri, where in 1844 - 1847 John Edmund Liggett entered his grandfather's business. By 1858, Foulks's company was known as J. E. Liggett and Brother. Around 1869 the company created the first blended cigarettes, using a mixture of Turkish and Virginia tobaccos. A partnership was formed with George Smith Myers of Missouri, and in 1873 The Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company was incorporated. John E. Liggett died in 1897 and two years later Liggett & Myers was acquired by American Tobacco Company, controlled by James Buchanan Duke. George S. Myers died in 1910 and in 1911 the opportunity for Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company to be reborn in St Louis again. Today it is known as Liggett Vector Brands Inc.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1987



Date MAR 11,2014

Summary fair

Assessor BN

Notes Surface scratches on exterior and interior. Tax stamp is torn on edges, loss at left side and small section on right side. Back side of tax stamp is folded upwards. Lid does not fit properly on tin. Top edge of tin is dented inward from use. Dark accretions on front at lower right corner. On left side of tin dark accretions from tax stamp at top 1/2. On back of tin dent at lower left corner. Bottom edge is tarnished with small amount of rust. Interior is tarnished.


Date MAR 11,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Cabinet 1, Shelf 8 from Room 7, Shelf 12 - 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 5 from Cabinet 1, Shelf 8 - automatic entry by admin