The Imperial Ruby, Birds Eye Brand Antique Tobacco Caddy Label, square
An early original tobacco label used by T. C. Williams Co., Richmond, Virginia. Very nice image of young woman at curtain, flowers in hair, branch's with blossoms.
- 10.50 x 10.50 inches in size.
- Printed in the 1880-1900s.
- Condition, a couple handling marks, light corner bump on top left corner.
This is a vintage label, NOT a reproduction, NOT an art print or color copy. Often referred to as tobacco caddy labels, these early labels were printed to be used on crates of plug tobacco, or chewing tobacco. These have only turned up in a couple finds, one large find in the 1960's, when probably 10,000's of them were found in a warehouse, I believe over 200 different brands. some were found in large amounts, others only a few. Highly sought after by antique dealers and ephemera collectors, the find has for the most part been dispersed. Large color lithographs from this time period are generally tough to find, color printing technology was just starting to be commercially viable.
Probably printed on