Imperial Glass Corporation Cigarette Box

May 13, 2024 | Museum Monday Treasures

Does anyone recognize today’s Museum Monday treasure from the Museum of American Glass in WV? It is in the Imperial Glass Corporation’s No. 1950/234 Grape pattern. It is a cigarette box. This unique design has a lid and a handle that can be used by the host or hostess to proffer a cigarette to a guest. How elegant is that? This one is 2” high, 5 ½” long, and 4 ½” wide. It was made circa 1957-1960.

I don’t know of any other glass company that made this style of cigarette holder, but we also have a very similar example in the collection in Imperial’s No. 160/134 Cape Cod pattern. It is a little smaller at 2” high, 4 ½” long, and 3 ¼” wide. It was in production from circa 1947 to 1957.

In today’s mostly non-smoking world, either of these would make nice serving pieces for mints or nuts. And they are definitely great conversation pieces, since who would guess that they were intended to hold cigarettes?

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