Posted 5 years ago
I am sure most of have heard of calling a tobacco store and asking the clerk if he has Prince Albert in the can? The clerk replies, yes, we do. And the caller yells out, “Well you better let him out”! Well these Prince Albert Pocket Tins listed here are only a few of my 30 plus variations of the Prince Albert tin in my collection.
Let’s start with the 1st photo. Here we have 3 variations on the Prince Albert Pocket Tin. The 1st of the tins of the three is one with a different lid and on the bottom it’s stamped in black ink, “PACKED EXPRESSLY FOR THE COMMISSARY DIVISION PANAMA RAILROAD COMPANY”. The 2nd tin of the three is made of plastic with a paper label that’s hard to see the paper edge on its face. The 3rd of the three tins is actually an empty cardboard sample.
The 2nd photo is both sides of a Prince Albert with a premium offer of three types of pocket knives offered by sending, I believe, 5 coupons found on the wax paper wrapper inside the tin and $2 for a choice of one of the pocket knife offered on the back of the tin. Some of the tins had no advertising on the tin its self but it was advertised on the wax paper inside the tin. Pictured are the three actual “Old Timer” pocket knives made by Ulster which was taken over by Schrade and continued the Old Timer line under its own brand.
The 3rd photo is of two tins. The 1st of the two variations has starbursts announcing a new fresher foil liner in the tin itself. The 2nd one looks like an error. The black portion of the litho ink is off-center.
The 4th photo is what I consider “Pièce de résistance”. Please look closely. Both look similar but the one to the left has “NOW KING” below Albert in place of “CRIMP CUT”. The logo “CRIMP CUT” is under the “Prince Albert” logo. The one on the right is just an old common version that you can pick up at flea markets and antique shops for under $10 bucks. The one to the left, “NOW KING” is Ultra Rare and hard to find and depending on condition can be worth $1000 or more!