is a terrific 1923 vintage wooden cigar box from the S. S. Pierce Company, for their Overland Perfectos cigars . According to the website http://www.cigarhistory.info/Themes/Railroads.html ( NOTE : this is a permissible link to a strictly reference/informational website that shows a photo of an exact identical box, with information about it ) this is the OLDEST KNOWN version of this brand of cigars in the United States which were made by D. Emil Klein Fact. 63, 2nd NYC, for the famous S. S. Pierce of Boston, Massachusetts, a specialty retail operation.Special thanks to the kind eBayer who shared the cigar history information with us !! CONDITION: This box is 9 inches long, 5-1/2 inches wide and 2-3/4 inches tall. It is made of wood and has some outside wear as well as light staining in several places. PLEASE LOOK AT THE PHOTOS! Down the left front corner and onto the front side panel are remnants of the tax stamp which of course was split when the box was opened. This box has a paper or tape hinge, not metal, which is intact all the way across and works well. T was paper tape affixed to all of the edges, and much of this has worn away and is missing. T apparently was a small nail driven into the front center of the box to hold it closed. The nail is gone and on the inside of the front panel a flake is chipped away and missing, from w the nail was. The lid board is "cupped" and raises up in the middle, giving the top just the smallest hint of a "dome" shape - please look at the photos of the ends , these show this the best. Inside the box , t is a wonderful beautiful color graphic on the inside of the lid, of a steam train locomotive charging through the mountains. The illustration is embossed which gives the picture even more depth. T are small "cameo" type vignette Western scene insets, surrounding the train with beautiful gold scrollwork decoration. The tiny nail hole shows at the top. To the left is a black scribble mark apparently made in pen, which we have made no attempt to remove. Below the locomotive is printed TRADEMARK REGISTERED BY TRANSFER FROM JOHN GRAY & CO. TO S. S. PIERCE BOSTON, MASS. The paper that is lining the inside of the box is all present, but t is some staining around the upper edges of the sides. Across the top is printed a dark red and bright gold oval with black trim, in which is printed S.S.Pierce Co.'s OVERLAND Vuelta Abajo Filler . A smaller pale blue oval was pasted over the top front closure, this is split from when the box was opened. Within this oval is the S. S. Pierce Company coat of arms and the word OVERLAND . On one end is a smaller picture of the railroad train that appears inside the top lid. Below the locomotive is printed TRADEMARK REGISTERED BY TRANSFER FROM JOHN GRAY & CO. TO S. S. PIERCE BOSTON, MASS. On the other end , the S. S. Pierce coat of arms appears on either side of OVERLAND, and a banner in which appears COLORADO CLARO . On the bottom is printed the information notice from Factory No. 63, 3rd District of New York . Please check our other listings for more unique Railroad and other neat items!
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