Object ID 001700
Object Name Velvet Tobacco pocket tin
Object Desc Metal container with rounded sides and hinged lid for Velvet Tobacco. Pocket-sized. Red coloring with image of pipe and cigarette at center.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY001992
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 1955
End Year Range 1958
Status On Exhibit
Object Keywords tobacco,tobacco tins,smoking,pipes,cigarettes,Velvet (brand),Liggett & Myers Tobacco Co.,tins,
Title Velvet Tobacco pocket tin
Description Metal container with rounded sides and hinged lid. Red background. "Velvet" in white at top. Below at center is image of pipe and cigarette. At lower edge in green rectangular shape is text "Pipe & Cigarette / Tobacco". Tax stamp adhered to top of of lid and right side. On left side of tin running vertically is manufacturer name. Right side of tin has caution statement running vertically. On back of tin is text describing product. On bottom of tin is white sticker at right side with text in black in "1510".
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 worn with areas of loss. Stamp has left dark accretions at left side of tin and under the areas of loss. On front at top edge is a series of scratches running vertically. Just above center running vertically are two accretions, looks from green electrical tape. Left side of tin has corrosion along seam with dark red discoloration. On right side of tin is a reminant of green tape just below tax stamp. Bottom side of tin has small tarnsihed and rusted area at right. Wear along top edge underneath where lid sides on tin Overall interior is in good condition except bottom with is discolored and tarnished.
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