Object ID 001694
Object Name Velvet Tobacco pocket tin
Object Desc Metal container with hinged lid and rounded sides. Pocket-size. Red background with gold lid. Image of pipe with smoke at center.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY001988
General Category History
Category Tobacco Products
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location Tobacco Exhibit North Shelf 5
Start Year Range
End Year Range 1930s
Status On Exhibit
Object Keywords tobacco,tobacco tins,Velvet (brand),Liggett & Myers Tobacco Co.,smoking,cigarettes,pipes,tins,
Title Velvet Tobacco pocket tin
Description Metal container with rounded sides and hinged lid. Lid is gold, container has red background. Image of pipe at center on front with smoke coming out. Smoke turns into text at top "Velvet". At bottom is text in gold "Tobacco / Liggett & Myers Tobacco Co". On left side of tin is factory no. info in gold circular shape. On right side of tin is text in gold circular shape "Specially / Prepared / for / Pipe / and / Cigarette" Back of tin is same image as front. Bottom of tin has two white stickers at right with prices "995" and "3.50" on them in black and red ink respectively.
Approx Collection Date
Unit of Measure Inches/ounces
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.
Date MAR 11,2014
Notes Accretion along lid and top of left and right sides from missing tax stamp. Wear along top and bottom edges with loss of paint layer. Surface scratches on exterior and interior with loss of paint. On back dent at right edge below center. Bottom of tin has two stickers attached. Dent on top edge to left of center. Interior of tin is tarnished, dirty around 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 5 from Cabinet 1, Shelf 8 - automatic entry by admin