|WWI ERA, "PRIDE OF THE AGE", CIGAR BOX LABEL WITH THE IMAGE OF A SPREAD-WINGED AMERICAN EAGLE
|Frame Size (H x L):||10.75" x 15"|
|Flag Size (H x L):||5.75" x 9.75"|
|This WWI era (U.S. Involvement 1917-18) lithographed cigar box label, in red, white and blue with gilded embellishment, has nice patriotic imagery that includes a spread-winged American eagle hovering over crossed American flags, with a shield upon its breast and 12 stars in an arched formation overhead, clutching an olive branch and arrows in its talons. There is whimsical scrollwork below with a round patriotic shield or medallion. The name of the cigar brand, "Pride of the Age", appears both above and below the central image.
Mounting: The solid walnut molding has ebonized band, retains its original gilded liner, and dates to the period between 1870 and 1890. This is a sandwich mount between U.V. protective acrylic and 100% cotton, black in color, which was washed to reduce excess dye. An acid free agent was added to the wash to further set the dye and the fabric was heat-treated for the same purpose.
Condition: There are a couple tiny spots of foxing, and a small sliver of loss in the upper left corner, but there are no serious condition issues.
|Collector Level:||Beginners and Holiday Gift Giving|
|Earliest Date of Origin:||1917|
|Latest Date of Origin:||1918|
|War Association:||WW 1|