This vintage Lloyds screws tobacco mirror is a great collectable piece from England. It features vibrant, bold fonts in multi-coloured tones and advertises 1d Screws tobacco with a humorous quote. The intricate border design includes the location of the factory. The mirror has a mid-coloured wooden frame and is in excellent vintage condition with authentic signs of patina.
Exeter was known for its woollen industry and iron foundries, but Lloyds Tobacco Co. was a prominent industry in the city's heart. The company employed up to 180 people, including many women, and was a famous tobacco product supplier in the southwest for 140 years.
From a formerly well-off Welsh family, Richard Lloyd started manufacturing tobacco products in Holborn, London, in 1784. At that time, tobacco was primarily used for pipe smoking and snuff, but it soon became famous for its medicinal use and pleasure. In 1843, Lloyds acquired Henry Cross and Co. of Exeter, listed in Robson's Directory of 1839 as "Cross Hy. & Co. Tobacco and snuff manufacturers, and tea dealers, 77 Fore St".