Rare Half Size "Star Tobacco" Advertising Store Clock with Time & Hourly Strike Circa 1912 to 1920's !!! Lower Glass Tablet is well marked : "Trade Star Mark Secured * 2 Ozs. for 5 Cents * Liggett & Myers Tobacco Co. * St. Louis"
Made by The Sessions Clock Co. this General Store Advertiser Clock is in a "Home Assortment" type of Case. Eight Day Time & Strike Clock which Strikes the number of Hours. Case is most likely made of Birch Hardwood, which has it's Original Stained dark Walnut Finish, and Original Factory Paper Label on the Backboard.
Condition : Very Fine Advertising Paper Dial on a Tin Pan. Magnificent Dark Walnut Patina on a hardwood Case, which is complete and in Very Fine condition. Original "Sessions" marked Brass 8 Day Movement has been Professionally Cleaned, Serviced, and Oiled on 5-10-16 and is running accurately. Lower Glass tablet is Original Old Wavy Glass.
Guarantee : You have my personal 7 Day Satisfaction Guarantee for all of my 8 Day movements, with a No Questions asked "Full item Refund" above the normal Ruby Lane 3 Day Inspection Policy. (less shipping fees)
Measurements : Overall 24 3/4 inches High. Measures 12 1/2 inches Wide, and 4 3/4 inches Deep at the top Cornice.
Shipping : Will ship out first business day following a Sunday, since it is currently "On Display" in a Sundays Only Antique Mall. Or can picked up in-person at the Antique Mall on a Sunday in Adamstown,Pa.
Historical Notes about this Company ; Christopher Foulks, John Edmund Liggett's Grandfather, first established a tobacco "Snuff Mill" in New Egypt,NJ. During the War of 1812 the mill was razed by British soldiers. Then Foulks moved west around 1820 and opened a new snuff shop in Belleville, Illinois, in 1822. In 1833 he moved his tobacco business to St. Louis, Missouri, where in 1844–1847 (dates uncertain) John Edmund Liggett entered his grandfather's business.
1858 ; Foulks's company was known as "J. E. Liggett & Brother" ; Around 1869 the company created the first blended cigarettes, using a mixture of Turkish and Virginia tobaccos. A partnership was formed with George Smith Myers of Missouri, and in 1873 The Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company was incorporated.
1876 ; "Liggett & Myers" introduced L&M plug chewing tobacco, during the 1880s it entered the cigarette business and by 1885 the company had become the world's largest manufacturer of plug chewing tobacco.
1897 ; John E. Liggett died, and two years later Liggett & Myers was acquired by "American Tobacco Company", controlled by James Buchanan Duke. 1910 ; George S. Myers died, and the following year the U.S. Court of Appeals issued a Dissolution Decree to the American Tobacco Company which created the opportunity for "Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company" to be reborn. It was headquartered in St Louis again.
Liggett & Myers continued to release new brands. In 1912, Chesterfield was reintroduced as a Turkish-Virginia blended cigarette and in 1915 Burley and Maryland tobaccos were added to Chesterfield blend. It was in 1916 that Chesterfield became the first cigarette to add a moisture-proof, overall cover to the paper and foil pack. In 1917, the company built a warehouse and factory at Huntington,WV. By 1921 cigarettes had become the most used form of tobacco.
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