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Cigarette box

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (probably, manufactured)

  • Date:

    1930-1940 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Compression moulded phenol formaldehyde ('Bakelite')

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Brown Bakelite cigarette box. The lid is decorated with a diamond motif with the word 'Cigarettes', on a frosted background.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (probably, manufactured)


1930-1940 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Compression moulded phenol formaldehyde ('Bakelite')

Marks and inscriptions



Length: 14 cm, Width: 8.3 cm, Height: 3.8 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; brown Bakelite; probably UK; probably 1930s


Bakelite; Phenolic


Compression moulding


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


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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