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    Posted 2 years ago

    Daddy_Nobu…
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    Wondering if anyone can help identify this gold tone Cracker Jack item. I think a stamp holder... recently found among my grandmother's things.

    Mystery Solved

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    1. DaveSierra DaveSierra, 2 years ago
      What are the dimensions Dave? Maker's mark on the other side?
      I like it!!
    2. DaveSierra DaveSierra, 2 years ago
      Is it a case to put Cracker Jack prizes in??
    3. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 2 years ago
      Dave, Size is 2" x 2-1/2". Added pic of it open. I was thinking a stamp holder or maybe a match safe. It's well made. No markings I can find. The logo looks similar to the box from 1915-ish... but I don't know Jack! ;0) My 81 year old father hid a box of valuables before going to Florida last winter, then forgot his stash spot. We helped him find it while visiting on vacation up northwestern lower Michigan. Dad took inventory and then handed me this piece and said "Here, finder's fee, it was your grandmother's." LOL good ol' Dad.
    4. Pencil-necked-geek Pencil-necked-geek, 2 years ago
      Business card holder for a CJ sales representative?
    5. DaveSierra DaveSierra, 2 years ago
      I just read that the circle around an R came into use in 1946 by the Lanham Act. So......this case appears to have been manufactured in 1946 or later. I am intrigued by it.....obviously! : )
    6. DaveSierra DaveSierra, 2 years ago
      That R is a marker's mark I see in the 3rd picture
    7. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 2 years ago
      P-n-g, I think a little too small for business cards but maybe...

      Dave, The R in this case is the symbol for Reliable Confections, the candy outfit with which Cracker Jack Co. is rooted.
    8. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 2 years ago
      And thanks for bouncing ideas guys. I'm intrigued too. Lord help me if I get hooked on Cracker Jack AND Coca-Cola!
    9. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 2 years ago
      Based on the wear and size, I'm pretty sure this is a matchbook holder. Tested with an old book. Perfect fit. And Grandma was a smoker.
    10. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 2 years ago
      Closing this one out. Learned some interesting facts about Cracker Jack Co. over the past few days. This is indeed a matchbook holder and likely an early premium. From 1910-1912, before Cracker Jack boxes contained toys, they contained coupons for premiums which were redeemed at local stores upon selection from a catalog. Things like silverware, sporting goods, toys, games and other useful “household goods” were offered. This matchbook holder appears to fall into that category.
    11. DaveSierra DaveSierra, 2 years ago
      Thank you for THE answer!!
    12. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 2 years ago
      If only it were Coca-Cola, David! :0)
    13. Signaholic Signaholic, 2 years ago
      Very cool Dave! I would've bought it too.
    14. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 2 years ago
      Thanks Perry. Even better, it was free!

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