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Early 1900s Pirates Cigarettes (T215 Era) 27x38 Porcelain Plated Advertising Metal Display

Lot Number 178

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Procured by our consignor during a trip to Australia, this early 1900s Pirates Cigarettes 27x38 porcelain plated advertising metal display is a significant find for the tobacco enthusiast. The 1910-13 T215 Red Cross/Pirate Cigarettes designation was distributed in packs of cigarettes to American and British service members while stationed at various far-flung South Pacific outposts. Not only were cards of baseball players issued in packs, but non-sport specimens were also distributed with Chinese text. While it is uncertain where this particular display survived the century, the essential fact remains that it is only known to be offered for public sale. The moderately worn and frayed perimeter exhibits a lovely patina while six of the eight manufacturer punched holes are entirely intact. Though the fearsome buccaneer and surrounding advertising text has sustained varying degrees of surface abrasions along with a 2-1/2 corrosion spot near the lower left arm, the overall presentation of this piece is not compromised. Although the black reverse also displays metal degradation consistent with age, the overall piece is solid and well-constructed.

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