MURAD THE TURKISH CIGARETTE TIN Early Orientalist Themed Lithograph Produced by S. Anargyros Circa Early 1900s
In the early 1900s, New York-based Greek tobacconist, Soterios Anargyros produced the hand-rolled MURAD CIGARETTES, made of pure Turkish tobacco.
Murad's brand referenced its oriental roots through its pack art and advertising and capitalized on the exoticism, luxury and fashion trends of the Eastern world as seen on the lithograph image of this early 20th century MURAD THE TURKISH CIGARETTE TIN.
The alluring lithograph on the tin's lid features an enchantress wearing a Pharaoh's headdress while lounging on a brightly colored chaise lounge guarded by two statues of the Greek god, Anubis. Men on camels, desert tents and Egyptian pyramids are in the background. The image reflects more of a fantasy than the Victorian propriety and femininity that was exiting the era.
The lid of the clam shell designed MURAD THE TURKISH CIGARETTE TIN measures 6" in length by 2 ¾” wide. It stands closed about 2" high and most likely held 100 cigarettes based on its size. The maker, S. Anargyros has branded their name in two places--below the lithograph in all capital letters and then in script across the chaise lounge.
Inside the lid are the words:
The body of the tin is burgundy red trimmed in gold. The tin shows signs of use, including missing paint and scratches. Please review the photographs carefully.
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