This charming storekeeper roly poly tobacco tin was manufactured by the Tin Decoration Co., known as “Tindeco,” which received the patent for these unique lithographed tins in 1912. The tins were used by four different tobacco companies, all held in a monopoly by Duke’s American Tobacco Co. The roly poly design was not easy to fabricate in the early 1900s; to get the proper perspective of the lithograph on the sheet metal and roll into the round shape was a challenge. These tins held 1 lb. of tobacco.
The storekeeper is smoking a pipe and has four cigars tucked into the pocket of his shop apron; he also sports a bow tie. The tin is 7” tall and 6” in diameter; it has a few dents and dings and has suffered some fading of color, but the design is still vivid and delightful. There were six original designs used by the various tobacco companies, and the companies urged customer to collect all six designs, as shown on the bottom of the tin. The heads come off to access the contents.
This would be a fascinating addition to your advertising or tin collection or to hold various trinkets inside. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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