Antique And Vintage Tobacco Tins
Antique And Vintage Tobacco Tins are original metal containers used to store and protect loose tobacco.
History & Description
Metal tobacco tins have been used since the 1920s. Tobacco tins should not be confused with cigarette cases. Cigarette cases tend to be flatter and have a hinged opening compartment. Tobacco tins on the other hand are usually simple boxes that are closed by pushing down a lid. This ensures that the container is air-tight and that the tobacco is not contaminated by air or moisture.
While tobacco tins have a purely practical function, some feature decorative, unique and sometimes humorous designs.
Guide for collectors
Antique and vintage tobacco tins are extremely popular collectible items, especially within the smoking paraphernalia community. While the majority of tobacco tins are made from simple and cheap sheet metal, there are some examples that are decorated with precious metals, such as gold and silver. Collectors should also look out for tobacco tins that once belonged to celebrities as these also command high prices at auction.
Instances of antique and vintage tobacco tins sold at national auction houses are quite common. The price of a tobacco tin is determined by the item’s age, condition, decoration and the brand of tobacco it advertises. As a general rule, old American brands such as Shogun, Gold Dust, OK and Lucy Strike are the most sought after by collectors.
Notable auction sales
On December 3rd 2008 at Tom Harris Auctions in Marshalltown, Iowa, a vintage Shogun tobacco advertising tin realised a price of $10,500.
On October 11th 2008 at Showtime Auction Services in Woodhaven, Michigan, a Mail Pouch tobacco advertising tin realised a price of $7,500.
On September 5h 2007 at Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania, a OK special vertical pocket tobacco advertising tin realised a price of $8,000.
On December 7th 2006 at Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania, a rare Scissors vertical pocket tobacco advertising tin realised a price of $6,500.