This little box is a complimentary salesman’s sample that was given out as an advertisement by the Michigan Cigar Box Company. It is made out of wood, has a hinged lid, with a latch that is broken off, and measures 4 ½ inches by 2 ¼ inches by 2 ½ inches. On the front and back of the box it states “Compliments of the Michigan Cigar Box Co.”. One side says “Cigar Moulds and Seger Manufacturers’ Tools” and the other side says “Cigar Ribbons and Labels”. The top of the lid has some text and graphics that are no longer readable due to losses by wear. Inside the lid there is a silvered embossed graphic of a cherub next to text that reads “Michigan Cigar Box Co. (undecipherable text) Detroit Mich.” The bottom of the box is canvas covered and has four feet. It is a quaint example of early advertising from a now bygone era when cigars were popular and advertising pieces were given out to stimulate business. The box is solid. The text on all sides and inside of the lid is readable, but the text on the top of the box lid is basically gone. It is hard to imagine that there are many of these advertising boxes left. This could possibly be a lone survivor. We have researched the Michigan Cigar Box Company and can only find limited references to it with the most recent date being 1895.
If you collect advertising or tobacco memorabilia, then you do not want to miss out on this opportunity to get such a rarity. You can buy with confidence from Sweetpea Cottage. We stand behind everything that we sell. If you wish to return your purchase for any reason, simply notify us by email of your intentions within 3 days of receiving the item. We then ask that you return it to us in its original condition within 6 days. At that time we will refund the full purchase price minus any shipping charges.