Marge and Steve Roth of The Acorn Post and The Yellow Garage Antiques present an early country store chewing tobacco display box with labels. Collecting tobacciana has become a rewarding pastime for scores of enthusiasts. Collectibles and antiques related to tobacco memorabilia offer a wide variety of products from an historically broad category. Some individuals enjoy gathering a specific item in tobacciana, while others relish collecting antiques across the early tobacco industry. One highly prized tobacco item is the early display boxes set out on store counters highlighting the tobacco commodity. Often made of tin or wood, the displays were both utilitarian and attractive.
The box offered is of wood construction with one of four panels made of glass to facilitate the customer's viewing of the tobacco product. Although the labels exhibit expected age-related wear, the word "chewing" can be read clearly on a still bright red label. A wooden handle allowed the proprietor to easily relocate the display in their shop. In a historical archive full text listing of "Toledo, an historical and descriptive; the business and business men of 1876; commercial and manufacturing advantages" Isherwood, W. S. & Co. is found under the heading "Tobacco Manufacturers". Stamped clearly on the bottom of this chewing tobacco counter top display is the W. S. Isherwood &Co. Manufacturers mark with factory number, 19th Int. Rev. Dist. and Toledo, Ohio. The display reflects its daily use in a bygone retail setting, and offers the collector a rare chance to display in their own home a timeless piece of American tobacciana.
Top: 12" X 12 1/2"
Base: 9 5/8" X 9 3/8"
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