The two frames are made from old Players Navy Cut Medium Cigarette Packs. They each measure about 12 1/2″. In the center are old miniature prints from the time period these were made. I date these to anywhere from the 1930’s to the 50’s.
I found this information about Navy Cut Cigarettes on Wikipedia:
Navy Cut is a brand of cigarettes manufactured by the Imperial Tobacco Group, formerly John Player & Sons in England. The brand became Player’s Navy Cut. They were particularly popular in England and Germany in the late 19th Century and early part of the 20th century, but were later produced in the US. The packet has the distinctive logo of a smoking sailor in a ‘Navy Cut’ cap. The phrase Navy Cut is according to Player’s adverts to originate from the habit of sailors taking a mixture of tobacco leaves and binding them with string or twine. The tobacco would then mature under pressure and the sailor could then dispense the tobacco by slicing off a cut.
These frames could have been made by a prisoner or someone in the army or navy with time on his hands. I would imagine there was a lot of down time in both scenarios. They are beautifully made and have stood up quite well to the test of time, even though they are quite delicate in nature.
These will be for sale in my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON.
Priced at $ 25 each.
Please note these items are now SOLD!!