Tin, Tobacco

An empty, battered and dented Three Castles tobacco tin". The " Three Castles " Tobacco / MEDIUM STRENGTH / W.D. & H.O WILLS (NEW ZEALAND) / LIMITED / Wellington " is marked on the yellow, red and black lid which also features a coat of arms with three castles pictured on it surrounded by leaves. Inside the lid is the Three Castles Tobacco trademark - a double star and ""There's no sweeter Tobacco comes from Virginia & no better brand than the Three Castles" Thackeray The Virginians."
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This tobacco tin, which once belonged to New Plymouth builder Robert Wallath, who entered Taranaki folklore when he was unmasked as New Plymouth's Highwayman on 20 July 1893 during a botched hold up. Rumour and yarn-spinning were common during the Highwayman saga. The tin has a faint, unremarkable dent in the lid (just visible at the top left-facing side of the coat of arms), which has been claimed to have come from stopping Wallath’s bullet, which he fired at Harold Thomson during the scuffle before his arrest. But there is no mention of a tobacco tin during the detailed trial coverage and it probably had nothing to do with his crimes.
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