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Lot # 1696 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1912 S110 Tobacco Premium Pillowcases Collection (6)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,659

Presented is a very attractive collection of six different S110 pillowcase tobacco premiums. This collection represents exactly half of the twelve S110 pillowcases that comprise a complete set. The S110 pillowcases are universally recognized as among the premier tobacco-related display pieces of the era. Each pillowcase is a masterpiece, worthy of being framed and displayed. All S110 pillowcases are naturally rare, and they tend to surface only one at a time. It is unusual to see any sizable group of S110s. (In fact, in all our forty years we have only seen a complete set of S110 pillowcases once.) All S110 pillowcase designs are very substantial, and some are incredibly rare. These colorful display pieces could be obtained only by mail in exchange for coupons packaged with Helmar and Turkey Red tobacco. The S110 set was part of the very same promotion which brought us the classic T3 Turkey Red cabinet-card set, the S81 Large Silk premiums, and the famous L1 leathers tobacco-premium issue. The pillowcase was the ultimate prize of the promotion, requiring the most coupons in exchange (100 coupons were needed to get a pillowcase). Each pillowcase (22.5 x 22.5 inches) has a theme and features images taken from a silk issue of the era. Collectors are very familiar with the baseball S110s (there are two variations), but these sell in the thousands in nice shape, due to the popularity of baseball, yet are no rarer than the other S110s featuring different subjects. The S110 pillowcases featuring Indians and Generals, among others, are all universally recognized classics in their own specialty fields of collecting. This collection consists of the following: #3 "Rulers," 7 "Flag Girls of Nations" (large images), 9 "Birds," 10 "Generals," 11 “Hamilton King Girls – Dancing Girls," and 12 "Flags and Arms." Each pillowcase is bright and clean with strong colors, crisp images, and light bits of fraying along the edges (commonly seen on pillowcases and silks). Each pillowcase displays light fold lines from having been stored folded for many years (these can easily be ironed out if desired). There are some small, entirely unobtrusive spots of staining visible under close inspection on some of the pillowcases, most commonly in the corners. This is a remarkably clean, carefully preserved, extremely substantial collection of six pillowcases from one of tobacco collecting's rarest issues. Total: 6 items. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,659

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