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Tobacco box

Tobacco box

  • Place of origin:

    England (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1929-1939 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Compression-moulded Bakelite

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Tobacco box with separate lid, brown and green mottled Bakelite. The base is dish-shaped with straight angled sides, with four sets of vertical decorative rib and a band of cross-hatching, standing on four small domed feet. The lid is of the same shape with four moulded tobacco buds on the sides and further bands of cross-hatching. The black Bakelite knob is attached with a metal screw.

Place of Origin

England (manufactured)


1929-1939 (manufactured)



Materials and Techniques

Compression-moulded Bakelite


Diameter: 15 cm, Height: 8.6 cm

Object history note

Fred Bulmer, a collector based in Leeds, Yorkshire, offered his collection of ‘plastic antiques’ to the V&A in late 1982. The Museum chose to purchase 59 objects from Bulmer the following year (for acquisition papers see MA/1/B3395). The objects were divided among the Museum’s collections according to object type: Furniture and Woodwork taking 26 objects (W.50 to 75-1983), Metalwork 18 objects (M.49 to 66-1984) and Ceramics and Glass 14 objects (C.41 to 54-1984).

Descriptive line

Tobacco box with lid; brown Bakelite with moulded tobacco buds; unknown manufacturer, probably late-1920s-1930s


Bakelite; Phenol formaldehyde


Compression moulding

Subjects depicted



Plastic; Containers; Smoking accessories

Production Type

Mass produced


Ceramics Collection

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