King Seeley Thermos Lawman lunchbox
The King Seeley Thermos Lawman lunchbox is a vintage lunchbox based on the U.S television Western series ‘Lawman’.
‘Lawman’ was an ABC Western television series which told the story of Dan Troop (played by John Russell) , town Marshal of Laramie, Wyoming in the 1870s. He is joined by his young deputy Johnny McKay (Peter Brown), to whom he teaches the fundamentals of law enforcement, and Lily Merrill, (Peggie Castle), owner of the Birdcage Saloon with whom he forms a romantic relationship.
The show ran for four seasons and 156 episodes from 1958 until 1962, and produced a range of merchandise including toy rifles and cap pistols, dolls, and a metal lunchbox produced in 1961 by King Seeley Thermos.
The King Seeley Thermos Lawman lunchbox
The box has a brown border and a red handle, with colour graphics on the front, back and sides. The front features an illustration of Marshal Dan Troop and Deputy Marshal Johnny McKay quick-drawing their guns and firing, whilst criminals emerge from the bank behind them.
The back of the box shows the pair riding a wagon as it speeds out of control, being pursued by gun-toting outlaws in the distance. The sides of the box feature cowboy-related items such as a cowboy hat, spurs, a pistol and holster, a whip, cowboy boots and a water canteen. This artwork was also used on the sides of the later 1964 Wagon Train lunchbox, also made by King Seeley Thermos.
As with the wagon Train flask, the side-panel graphics are also repeated on the Lawman thermos, which has a red cup/lid.
How much is a King Seeley Thermos Lawman lunchbox worth?
Lunchboxes based on early U.S television Westerns are amongst the most popular of all vintage lunchboxes, and the Lawman box is no exception.
Complete, top-condition boxes can sell on auction sites such as eBay for up to $150, whilst used boxes without their flasks can sell for $30 - $60 depending on their condition.