Cigarette Box [State Express Cigarettes]

Ardath Tobacco Company Limited, Manufacturer


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Maker and Role
Ardath Tobacco Company Limited, Manufacturer
Description
Tin box, rectangular with hinged lid painted yellow on exterior and gold on the interior. The exterior lid features the State Express logo (State Express in purple surrounded by decorative gold circle and a crown on top with the words "Semper Fidelis" underneath it). Above the logo is a purple banner saying: "State Express Cigarettes" and below it a similar banner saying: "210 Piccadilly London W.1." with "555" above it and "Made in England" below. The outside edges of the lid say in gold "25 State Express 555".
The interior of the lid has blue writing on gold. It features the royal crest in the top left corner and says "State Express 555 Cigarettes / Specially packed for Tasman Empire Airways Limited". The TEAL logo of a stylised bird is also there. The interior of the box is undecorated, but tucked inside is gold foil paper imprinted with "State Express Cigarettes" lined with translucent white paper.
The front of the box says in gold "Ardath Tobacco Co. Ltd. London" and on the bottom is punched "3962".
Media/Materials
Processed Material/Metal/Tin
Signature/Marks and Type
State Express Cigarettes Logo
STATE EXPRESS CIGARETTES / STATE EXPRESS/ 555/ 210 PICCADILLY LONDON. W.1. / MADE IN ENGLAND Maker's Mark
25 STATE EXPRESS 555 / ARDATH TOBACCO CO. LTD. LONDON / 25 STATE EXPRESS 555 Maker's Mark
Accession No
2004.400
Credit Line
Ardath Tobacco Company Limited. Cigarette Box [State Express Cigarettes], 2004.400. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).
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