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1910-Era Cigar Bands Collection (544)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $240
In addition to the beautifully produced labels which appeared on cigar boxes, cigars also had matching wraparound bands. Though many more bands were produced than cigar boxes (because most boxes held twenty-five or fifty cigars), few were saved, and in some cases the bands are even rarer than the boxes themselves. This is understandable as the boxes are much more substantial and could actually serve a purpose (storage), whereas the bands were only decorative and were meant to be discarded. Presented is a sizeable collection of 544 cigar bands featuring a variety of subjects, ranging from animals to flowers to historical figures, such as Teddy Roosevelt. Some bands have no central image featured and instead feature only the tobacco company's name or insignia. The overwhelming majority of the bands are standard size (approximately 2-5/8 x 1/2 inches), but also included are a few larger, more decorative bands. 529 of the bands are carefully stored in a vintage album, held in place at each end by slide-through mounts. Overall condition of the group is Excellent or better, with bright colors and crisp images (some may even be "proof" bands directly from the printers' files as they appear to have never been used), although there are some bands that display slight tears or folds. This is an outstanding group of these unusual advertising items, which would be welcome additions to any nonsport or tobacciana collection. Total: 544 labels.
The items in this lot are part of the deaccessioned property of a prominent northeast museum which has selected Robert Edward Auctions to handle the sale of donated sportscards and memorabilia in an effort to fund purchases more in line with the mission and goals of the museum. SOLD FOR $240
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