This example is a fantasy item that has the appearance of being a promotional advertising item. The 'Redskin Brand Chewing Tobacco Cut Plug' spittoon is not authentic and seems clearly intended to be deceptive. Made with a copper bottom and brass top it is attractive in appearance. But, its shape is illogical for holding the type of contents it is supposed to have been made to hold. It is easily tipped and made of a thin, easily dented material which would not stand up to much abuse in a busy country store, train station, bar, or similar environment with heavy boot traffic.
These types of items are of no value to a knowledgeable collector and have the distinct ability to fool novice collectors. Especially if a seller's description gives information that is not accurate.
The iconic advertising emblem that it appears is intended to be incorrectly suggested by the simulated logo embossed on the spittoon is Pinkerton Tobacco Company's 'Red Man Chewing Tobacco'. Pinkerton's has been in existence since 1887. View the history of their Red Man Chewing Tobacco brand under the 'Heritage Gallery' portion on that company's Redman website.
We are not aware of historical records supporting the notion a 'Redskin Brand Chewing Tobacco' ever existed in the past. Even if there were, this item was never made, given or sold by such an entity as a 'promotional item' since this example and other similar pieces which can be found stamped with false advertising for railroads or with western/civil war marks, are all modern fantasy items. All the so-called Redskin Cut Plug, Pony Express, Wells Fargo, Union Pacific R.R. (or other 'train' motifs) or 'Confederate' CSA spittoons, etc.., were all originally designed and sold in recent times by a well-known and quite modern reproduction wholesale outfit. No copper and brass spittoon made in this specific tall shape should ever be expected to be an authentic advertising item. Authentic spittoons are squat in shape, making them very difficult, if not impossible, to accidentally tip over.
This item measures 10 inches in height and is 9 and 1/8 inches across the top lip.
Item ID: 2007RP000134
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