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Circa 1900 "Home Run" Cigar Cutter and Tin

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,133

Collection of two highly decorative and scarce turn-of-the-century tobacco products related to "Home Run" cigars. The first is an exceedingly rare "Home Run" cigar cutter. In the old days, cigar cutters (which literally were designed to cut the ends of cigars) were often designed with advertising for a particular brand. This is the first example of this extraordinary piece that we have ever seen, and one of only a couple cigar cutters with a baseball theme of any type that we have ever encountered. This is a particularly impressive generic baseball display piece. Its front panel pictures a colorful game-in-progress scene interior lithograph (on the underside of the glass), which features a runner sliding head first into home as the catcher awaits the throw. The two side panels feature inset images of the same scene, with all three panels bearing the name "Home Run" in red letters. The manufacturer's name, "H. F. Kohler, Cigar Manufacturer, Nashville, Pa.," is lettered in black on the reverse. The cutter displays crazing to the white-painted interior, with areas of paint loss and chipping clearly evident on the top, but the baseball scenes on the front and side panels (which appear to be provided by original tobacco labels) are unaffected and display as Excellent. Wood, metal, and glass construction. Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 5 inches. The second piece is a tin canister which once held fifty "Home Run" cigars. Each side of the tin features the same game-in-progress scene that is nearly identical to that displayed on the cutter. The main difference is that on the tin, the batter is sliding into home feet first and all of the players are wearing gloves. The fact that the players on the cigar cutter are not wearing gloves might indicate that it is an earlier issue. We believe the tin dates to circa 1905. Based on the Pennsylvania factory and tobacco tax references incorporated within the tin's elaborate design, together with the manufacturer's listed address of "Nashville, Pa" on the cutter, we believe that this "Home Run" cigar brand was probably a regional issue. If so, that would explain the rarity of both the tin and cigar cutter today. The tin displays heavy wear throughout, including numerous scratches and oxidation. In Good condition overall. Diameter: 4.25 inches. Height: 6 inches. These are two highly desirable turn-of-the century items that would be welcome additions to any advanced baseball or tobacciana collection. Total: 2 items (cutter and tin). Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,133

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