Smithsonian museums continue to be closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Read a message from our director, and check our website and social media for updates.

Tobacco Shipping Crate

Tobacco Shipping Crate

Usage conditions apply
Description (Brief)
This is a side panel for R.A. Patterson’s seal cut plug tobacco, probably used between 1856 and 1900. R.A. Patterson Tobacco Company was based in Richmond, Virginia and founded in 1856. Patterson is famous for introducing the Lucky Strike brand plug tobacco, and went on to manufacture the popular Lucky Strike brand cigarettes. The Patterson Tobacco Company was purchased by the American Tobacco Company in 1905.
Currently not on view
Object Name
crate label
referenced business
R. A. Patterson Tobacco Co.
Physical Description
ink (crate label material)
wood (substrate material)
crate label: 9 in x 21 in; 22.86 cm x 53.34 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
L.E. Leininger
See more items in
Work and Industry: Agriculture
Crate Labels
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.


I have one of these wooden crates from my grandfathers general store in Barton Vermont. He was in business from 1921-early 1950s. He sold everything from shotgun shells to Listerine in jugs that customers scooped out! He had the first electric cash register in Northern Vermont. IE Sockol’s variety store

Note: Comment submission on our collection pages is temporarily unavailable. Please check back soon!

If you have a question or require a personal response, please visit our FAQ or contact page.