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Cigarette box

Cigarette box

  • Place of origin:

    Glasgow (probably, manufactured)

  • Date:

    1930-1935 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    The British Buttner Pipe Co. Ltd. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast urea formaldehyde

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

'Cenotaph'-style cigarette box, cast in yellow and brown mottled urea formaldehyde. The hinges of the lid are integral, held by metal pins. This box is very heavy.

Place of Origin

Glasgow (probably, manufactured)


1930-1935 (made)


The British Buttner Pipe Co. Ltd. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Cast urea formaldehyde


Length: 19.14 cm, Width: 10.2 cm, Height: 8.3 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; cast yellow urea formaldehyde; British Buttner Pipe Co., Glasgow, ca. 1933


Urea formaldehyde




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


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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