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Collection Reuel B. Pritchett Museum Collection
Donor Pritchett, Reuel B.
Catalog Number 54.1.0436
Description Sterling silver tobacco box carried by Captain James W. Gladding during the United States Civil War. A label notes Gladding was a member of the 2nd Michigan Cavalry. An older inventory note states he was from Jefferson County, Tennessee. Stamped and tooled closed leather flap attached over top lid of sterling silver case. Hinged sterling silver case is oval-shaped at opening. Printed in blue ink on silver paper inside top lid is "THE RIDGEWOOD SMOKING TOBACCO Manufactured by The Ridgewood Mfg. CO." and "THE RIDGEWOOD PATENT PIPE AND TOBACCO CASE. OFFICE 429 BROADWAY NEW YORK." Mechanism set in lower box reads, "PATENTED MAY 20, 1862." Front of sterling case is engraved with the scene of a curved bridge over a river. Reverse side of case is engraved, upside down, with "J. W. Gladding" in an engraved banner.
Material Leather, Paper, Sterling Silver
Made The Ridgewood Mfg CO. (Broadway, N.Y.)
Place of Origin Broadway, New York
Dimensions W-5 L-3.07 D-1.03 inches
People Gladding, James W.