Object ID 001697
Object Name Velvet Tobacco pocket tin
Object Desc Metal tin with rounded sides and hinged lid. Pocket-sized. Red background with image of pipe at front and back center.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY001990
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
Status On Exhibit
Object Keywords tobacco,tobacco tins,Velvet (brand),Liggett & Myers Tobacco Co.,pipes,smoking,cigarettes,tins,
Title Velvet Tobacco pocket tin
Description Metal container with rounded sides and hinged lid. Tax stamp along lid and top of left and right sides. Red background with image of pipe at center with smoking coming out. Smoke turns into "Velvet" at top. At bottom is text "Tobacco / Liggett & Myers Tobacco Co." At left side of containter is gold-circular shape with text running vertically. Right side of tin has gold-circular shpae with text running vertically including manufacturer and factory no. information.
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 Tax stamp is stained and difficult to read. Areas of loss at edges of lid of the tax stamp. Exterior is worn with scratches and loss of paint layer. Areas of gold paint on exterior have small spots of rust. Dents at center and just below center to the left on the front of tin. On back of tin at top edge near right corner slight dent outward in metal Bottom of container is tarnished with white marks at lower left corner. Interior is very tarnished with scratches.
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