CIGARETTE TIN – CONSTANTIN BRAND – REITSCHULE EXTRA – FIFTY CIGARETTES
I am not sure if Imperial-Era Germans bought cigarettes in paper packets as people do in the present. My educated guess, however, is that tin cigarette containers were upscale, premium purchases. Such cigarette tins varied in size. The container we are offering today was produced by Constantin, a well-known cigarette firm from Hannover. It would have held fifty cigarettes. [I have seen a one-hundred cigarette tin elsewhere, although I cannot say with certainty if a larger size was available].
This particular Constantin cigarette tin is the rarest of the three cigarette tins that we are offering today, measuring 1” x 3” x 5.” The center of the handsome Constantin tin’s outer lid depicts an officer in his great coat smoking a cigarette. He is most probably a Kürassier as his schirmmütze sports a white top with a yellow band. The caption “Reitschule (Riding School) Extra” is placed next to the officer on either side. Additional information about the firm is available inside the tin.
The Constantin cigarette tin (a key item among tin collectors) is in excellent condition.