CIGARETTE TIN – MANOLI RUMBLER-TAUBE – LARGE-SIZE 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 Manoli, a well-known cigarette firm located in Berlin. It would have held fifty cigarettes. [I have seen one-hundred cigarette tins elsewhere, although I cannot say with certainty if a larger size was available].
This Manoli cigarette tin measures 1.25” x 3” x 4.” The cigarette tin’s lid shows a Rumpler-Taube airplane in flight, the same aircraft that appears on all German Pilot Badges. The Taube (Pigeon) was one of the Imperial German Army’s earliest planes, a single-wing aircraft that was used for scouting. In addition to the airplane’s image, the caption “Manoli Rumpler-Taube” appears below it. Manoli’s name and logo, along with “Rumpler-Taube,” appears inside the cigarette tin.
The paint on the Manoli cigarette tin’s obverse is solid and clean. A couple of very small dents are on the lid, but they are not detractive to the overall presentation.