Vintage Baseball Cigar-Box Collection (7)

Sold For: $1,200

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1561

Item Year: 1910

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Collection of five cigar boxes, a tobacco tin, and retail coffee container, each dating from the late nineteenth or early twentieth century, all featuring a baseball motif. This is an outstanding group of these decorative retail dispensers, notable both for their scarcity and elegant designs. All of the items have been opened and do not contain any of the original product. 1) "Lucky Curve Plug Cut Tobacco" tin. The colorful red-white-and-yellow tin (6.75 x 4.75 x 4.5 inches) features an identical illustration of a generic baseball player (flanked by two bats) on the front and back sides, as well as the lid. Manufactured by the Lowell & Buffington Tobacco Co. of Covington, Kentucky. Gd, with a numerous abrasions, oxidation, small dents, and scratches. 2) "Home Run Coffee" container. The label for this circular cardboard container features the same colorful game-in-progress scene on the front and reverse. The label displays a number of moderate abrasions and light stains, as well as the number "45" written in pencil. None of the flaws; however, significantly affects either illustration. Produced by the Nave-McCord Mercantile Co. of St. Joseph, Missouri and Denve, Colorado. 5 inches in diameter and 4 inches high. Vg. 3) "Base Ball" cigar box. The product name is printed on the lid. The colorful interior label features a generic baseball scene, with a runner sliding head first into the plate. The same label appears partially on the side and underside of the box. Manufactured by B. F. Honsinger of St.Thomas. 8.25 x 5 x 2.5 inches. The interior label is Ex, the box is Vg overall. 4) "Green Bay Base Ball Club" cigar box. The lid features an illustration of a belt bearing the team's initials: "G. B. B. B. C." The colorful interior label features an illustration of a game in progress, focusing on the batter, catcher and umpire. The same label appears partially on the side and underside of the box. Manufactured y John Huerth of Green Bay, Wisconsin. 8.25 x 5 x 2.5 inches. The interior label is Ex-Mt and the box is Ex overall. 5) "Old Time G" cigar box. The lid features the product name. The illustration on the interior label features the portrait of a well dressed woman, surrounded by images of ballplayers in various poses. A pair of crossed bats along the base completes the attractive motif. The central image of the woman and two of the ballplayers appears on the side label. Manufactured by Leonard & Roess of Chicago, Illinois. 9.75 x 5 x 4 inches. The interior label is Vg-Ex (light staining along the edges) and the box is Vg-Ex overall. 6) "Home Run" cigar box. The product name is lettered on the front side. The interior label reads in part "A Big Hit/Home Run/Blended for Mildness." Two small baseball vignettes appear along each border. No exterior labels. Manufactured by Ed. Tyhurst of Newark, Ohio. 10.5 x 6 x 4 inches. The interior label is Vg-Ex (light-to-moderate age toning) and the box is Vg overall, with an image of a man and woman lightly engraved on the lid (not as issued). 7) "Base Ball" cigar box. The product name is printed on the lid and front side. The name on the lid is incorporated into the cigar-brand's logo featuring an illustration of a baseball belt, two crossed bats, a ball, and a cap. The interior label features the same logo. Manufactured by the T. M. Kildow Cigar Co., of Bethesda, Maryland. 8.25 x 5 x 4 inches. The interior label is Vg and the box is Gd-Vg. Total: 7 items (tobacco tin, coffee container, and 5 cigar boxes). Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+.


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