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Cigarette box

  • Place of origin:

    Ponders End (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1930-1940 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Stadium (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Compression-moulded phenol formaldehyde ('Bakelite')

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Heavily mottled and multi-coloured Bakelite cigarette box with removable lid.

Place of Origin

Ponders End (manufactured)


1930-1940 (made)


Stadium (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Compression-moulded phenol formaldehyde ('Bakelite')

Marks and inscriptions

'Stadium / Made in Great Britain'


Width: 8.3 cm, Length: 8.3 cm, Height: 5.1 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

Cigarette box; mottled Bakelite; Stadium, Ponders End; 1930s - 40s

Production Note

Also sold in brown, which was more common.


Bakelite; Phenolic




Household objects; Entertainment & Leisure; Plastic; Smoking accessories; Containers


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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