Object ID 001695
Object Name Velvet Tobacco pocket tin
Object Desc Metal container with rounded sides and hinged lid. Pocket-size. Red with crest shape at center with image of pipe and cigarette.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY001989
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 1958
Status On Exhibit
Object Keywords tobacco,smoking,pipes,cigarettes,Velvet (brand),Liggett & Myers Tobacco Co.,tobacco tins,tins,
Title Velvet Tobacco pocket tin
Description Metal container with rounded sides and hinged lid for Velvet Tobacco. Front and lid has been painted over with red paint. At center is image of crest with pipe and cigarette. At bottom edge text in gold "Pipe and Cigarette / Tobacco / Liggett & Myers Tobacco Co." On left side of tin is gold circular shape with text running vertically. On right side of tin is circular shape with manufacturer and factory no. info. running vertically. Back of tin has text describing product. On bottom of tin are two white stickers with text "2.50" on one "JS" on the second.
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 The lid and the top part of the front of the tin has been painted red over the brand name "Velvet". Surface scratches on exterior and interior. Bottom edge of front is dirty and discolored On left side of tin reminants of hte tax stamp at top. Gold circular shape has rusting on left and right sides. Bottom side of tin is tarnished. Interior is very tarnished with small areas of rust.
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