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Circa 1898 Full Carton of Duke's Cameo Cigarettes (50 Packages)
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $1,762.50
Extremely rare full carton of Duke's Cameo cigarettes, complete with original box, outer carton wrapping, and interior premium certificate. Manufactured by "The American Tobacco Co. Successor To W. Duke Sons & Co. of Durham, N.C., and New York." The carton houses fifty packages of Duke's Cameo cigarettes (1.75 x 3 x .75 inches), all of which have literally never been touched and are in unbelievably pristine Mint condition. Included in the carton is an accompanying premium certificate issued by The American Tobacco Co. that was packaged with the carton. The certificate (9 x 7 inches, Nr-Mt) is dated February 1, 1898 and offers purchasers either a gentleman's gold watch, hunting case watch, or bicycle for the redemption, respectively, of twenty-five, fifty, or 600 large certificates. Only someone buying the entire carton would get this large certificate and be able to take advantage of the premiums it offers. The outer carton package itself (9.24 x 6 x 4 inches) which contains the packs is in overall good condition, but is practically falling apart, with both of the end flaps having detached, as well as one of the flaps on the lid (could ; however; all of the components of the box are present and the carton is complete. A large portion of of the outer wrapping remains, including both end panels displaying the company's name. The cigarette packages offered here do not contain cards. Instead, each package houses a certificate that can be redeemed for books. In fact, the small once-folded premium-offer certificate (2.5 x 2.5-inches) found in each package specifically notes "Having decided to discontinue packing photographs with our cigarettes we will instead of these, extend to our patrons their choice of a good collection of well selected books." The coupon goes on to provide instructions for sending in fifty small coupons per book, and provides a list of the books offered on the reverse. These packs are especially interesting as they date exactly from the time of transition away from the long-standing tradition of including insert cards in packs of tobacco, which had been so popular from the mid-1880s to the mid-1890s, and which would return in full force approximately ten years later. Unopened nineteenth-century cigarette packages are seldom seen, let alone an entire case, making this a particularly rare and unusual find. Total 50 packs. Reserve $400. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,762.50
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