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Circa-1888 Nonsport Tobacco Cabinet-Card Collection (6)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,015

These six circa 1888 cabinet cards were part of an extraordinary recently discovered find of extremely rare nineteenth-century nonsport tobacco items. This is a particularly fascinating group with each card being very unusual, interesting, and extremely rare. 1) Circa 1888 Allen & Ginter "Actress" cabinet. The formal studio cabinet (5.5 x 9 inches) pictures an unidentified woman posing in a fancy dress. The advertisement for "Richmond Straight Cut Cigarettes," an Allen & Ginter's cigarette brand, appears stamped along the base. A tiny chip out of the left edge is visible from the reverse, otherwise in Excellent condition. 2) Circa 1886 W. Duke, Sons & Co. "Preferred Stock" cabinet. The formal studio cabinet (6.75 x 10.75 inches) pictures a woman posing in front of an elaborate office-style background next to a stock ticker-tape machine. The advertisement for "Preferred Stock Cigarettes," a very early Duke's cigarette brand, appears stamped along the base. Light wear on the bottom edge and minor dusting on the reverse, otherwise in Excellent condition. 3) Circa 1887 W. Duke, Sons & Co. "Marie Burroughs" cabinet card. The formal studio cabinet (5.5 x 7.25 inches) pictures stage actress Marie Burroughs in a fancy dress posing in front of an elaborate background. The advertisement for "Turkish Cross-Cut Cigarettes" is printed within the photo at the top and "W. Duke, Sons & Co." appears stamped along the base. Vg condition. 4) Circa 1888 Allen & Ginter "White House" cabinet. The real photo cabinet (6 x 9 inches) pictures the White House in Washington. The identification "President's House Washington" is printed within the photo in the lower left corner. The advertisement for "Richmond Straight Cut Cigarettes," an Allen & Ginter's cigarette brand, appears stamped along the base. A very high quality cabinet with black borders and gold trim around the beveled edges. In Ex-Mt condition. 5-6) two 1889 W. Duke, Sons & Co. "Preferred Stock" cabinets. These two real-photo cabinets (5.75 x 10 inches each) each picture an impressive image of the 1889 "Washington Inaugural Centennial Celebration." The images used on the cabinets are each slightly different, as the photographer continued taking photos as the parade made its way past him. The advertisement for "Preferred Stock Cigarettes," a Duke's cigarette brand, appears stamped on both the left and right side of the photo (when held horizontal as intended). Both in Excellent condition. Total: 6 cabinets. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,015


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