This vintage cigarette mirror is a collector's item that features an advertisement for Player Navy Cut tobacco. The mirror depicts a sailor against an intricate ocean background with a life ring and rope effect detail. The product information is written in various fonts, from bold to calligraphy, with a hint of red for emphasis. The lovely light to mid-colored wooden frame complements the overall mid-century design of the mirror. Although it is in good mid-century condition, there are a few signs of authentic patina. This mirror is a stunning piece of wall art that would make a great addition to any collection.
Navy Cut Tobacco was a brand of cigarettes that is no longer in production. The cigarettes were initially manufactured by Imperial Brands (previously known as John Player & Sons) in Nottingham, England. The brand later became known as "Player's Navy Cut". Cigarettes were trendy in Britain, Germany and British Ceylon (Sri Lanka) during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The brand was later produced in the United States. The packaging featured a distinct logo of a sailor in a 'Navy Cut' cap.
Player's adverts claim that "Navy Cut" originated from sailors binding a mixture of tobacco leaves with string or twine, allowing the tobacco to mature under pressure. The sailor could then slice off a "cut" to use. The product was also available in pipe tobacco form.
The image of the sailor on the packaging was known as "Hero" due to the name on his hat band. The image was first used in 1883, and the lifebuoy was added five years later. The sailor images were an 1891 artist's concept registered for Chester-based William Parkins and Co. for their "Jack Glory" brand.