DIXIE CUP DISPENSER Vintage SALESMAN SAMPLE KIT Kennedy Case BAGGAGE BATTLES TV
A vintage Dixie Cup Dispenser Salesman's Sample Kit in a Kennedy Metal Travel Case.
We are pleased to present this unusual Dixie Cup Dispenser Salesman's Sample Kit for your consideration. It was acquired by Laurence and Sally Martin, owners of Studio Antiques, while filming an episode of The Travel Channel reality TV show Baggage Battles (S04E04 titled "Big Boy Bucks "). The episode was filmed in Las Vegas at the VCA (Victorian Casino Antiques) Auction held in January, 2014. The Salesman's Kit was filmed for possible inclusion in the episode, but didn't make the final cut, and was not seen during the episode as aired. We've included a few clips from the episode showing Laurence and Sally at the auction (see last 2 pictures).
The Kit is enclosed in a metal Travel Case which was made by the Kennedy Manufacturing Company. There is a latch with a Yale lock on the front of the case, but we do not have the key for it. The Case measures 13 inches high, 12-1/4 inches wide, and 7 inches deep, weighing a substantial 17 pounds 13 ounces. The front of the Case has a hinged metal panel that snaps open at the top, folding down to provide additional display space. There is a leather handle at the top of the case that shows quite a bit of wear, but it is metal reinforced and seems solid.
The Kit includes a variety of objects and literature as shown in the pictures, and as further described on the VCA auction tag (see picture 3). There is a multi-page booklet with background on the Dixie Cup company (cover seen in picture 9) along with a plastic covered sheet with information on collectible Ice Cream Lids, of which six are included in the Kit (see pictures 6 and 7).
Items in the Kit all appear to be in good physical condition. Moderate tarnish is seen on the silver plated cups, but they can be easily polished and restored to their original shiny appearance if desired. The Kennedy Case shows a heavy patina on the brass reinforcements at the corners. We found that the rivets for the left cover hinge have pulled out of the thin case metal, although the lid is still functional. No serious damage or flaws were found, and we rate the overall condition of the Kit as very good.
This is a rare piece of Dixie Cup history. It would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
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