Mike McNiel of McClelland Tobacco Co. shared some intriguing vintage tobacco tins with me during the Kansas City Pipe Show. There were five tins, four from Dunhill, plus The Savory Blend from H.L. Savory & Co. Ltd., London. The four Dunhill tobaccos were; Standard Mixture, Three Year Matured, Aperitif, and Durbar.
According to Mike, Fred Hanna said that these tins, rather than being collectibles, should be in a museum. Their years of origin range from 1944 – 1955, and they came from retail tobacconist Iwan Ries & Co. in Chicago. They have never been opened, and the lids are bulging from the top due to the gas created by the fermentation that has happened over the years.
Mike received the tobaccos from a collector a couple of years ago. The tins have been kept cellared, cool and hidden from light, the entire time Mike has been in possession of them. The title of this post was suggest by Mike, and PipesMagazine.com was happy to oblige. Some people will get it, and some won’t, but we do like to have fun around here.
Here are some photos of the tins. (Click for larger images.)