Label Definitions

 

INNER LID LABELS (I), average size: 6”x 9”, The inner label was put on the inside lid of the cigar box. This is the most collected label as it was used to attract attention to the cigars.

OUTER LABELS (O) average size 4 1/2” X 4 1/2“, Any label placed on the outside of the cigar box. Most labels sold from our web site are outer, or outside labels which were affixed on the side of the box and sealed the lid.

TOP SHEET/FLAP (TS) average size 5” x  8”. The top sheet is a label-like piece of paper placed on the top of the cigars to protect the cigars and keep the cigars from staining the label. The theme of the top sheet is usually the same as the inner label, less ornate and has fewer details.

TOP WRAP (TW) average size: 5”x 8”. The top wrap usually has the appearance of wood grain and was used on cardboard boxes to give the appearance of a wood box.

END, FRONT & BACK LABEL (E) Used to cover the cigar-box exterior and allow the seller to identify brand name of boxes when stacked.

SEAL/NAIL TAG (SL) Small, lithographed, colorful sticker glued on lid and front of box, covering nail that seals the lid.

FLAP (FF) Long label glued to the front of a cigar box partially covering cigars.

FLAP (BF) Short label glued to the rear of a cigar box partially covering cigars.

CAN LABEL (C) average size 3¾” x 18”. Labels used to cover cigars packed in tin or cardboard cans.

SAMPLE LABEL (SMP) Sample labels usually featured lithographer’s name, address and label prices on front of label.

 

ALL LABELS FOR SALE ARE UNUSED, MOST ARE IN ORIGINAL AS FOUND CONDITION. HOWEVER MOST LABELS FOUND ARE 80-100 PLUS YEARS. MOST SHOW SINGS OF AGING, AND DUE TO NON CLEAN ROOM CONDITIONS IN WHICH THEY WERE PRODUCED, MOST WILL HAVE SMALL INK SPOTS, REGISTRATION ERRORS ETC.   A FEW MAY SHOW THEIR AGE. 

 

OUR GRADING IS INDUSTRY STANDARD AS FOLLOWS:

MT-Mint, Clean pristine condition, perfect in all respects.

EX-Excellent, nearly mint with only slightest signs of age.

VG-Very Good, light stains, small margin crease and or tears.

G-Good, multiple tears, water marks, soiling, creases, etc.

 


Contact Information

Wayne H. Dunn

Telephone:    (949) 582-7686
Address:        P O Box 3902, Mission Viejo, CA 92691

E-mail:            wayne@cigarlabelart.com or marylou@cigarlabelart.com

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