Wills's - Arms of the British Empire (Australia)

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Wills's Arms of the British Empire


Series information

  • Series name : Arms of the British Empire (Australian issue)
  • Issued by: Wills's Cigarettes, UK
  • Date of issue : 1910
  • Number of cards  : 50
  • Image variants : -

Company

W.D. & H.O. Wills was a British Tobacco importer and cigarette manufacturer formed in Bristol, England. It was one of the founding companies of Imperial Tobacco.

The company was founded as Wills, Watkins & Co. by Henry Overton Wills I and his partner Watkins, who opened a shop in Castle Street, Bristol in 1786. After the retirement of his partner in 1789 it became “Wills & Co.”. In 1826 his two sons, William Day Wills and Henry Overton Wills II took over the company and in 1830 the company took the above name.

In 1901 Sir William Henry Wills et al formed the Imperial Tobacco company from a merger of W.D. & H.O. Wills with seven other British tobacco companies. Imperial remains one of the World's largest tobacco companies.

In 1988 Imperial Tobacco withdrew the Wills brand in the United Kingdom, but it is still sold in India where it has many brands.

The company has issued a huge number of tobacco card series, probably more than 500 in the UK alone, and several hundred series in the overseas markets. The oldest series date from around 1890 and new series were issued until the late 1930s. More than 25 series with a heraldic theme have been issued by the company. These include arms of UK boroughs, schools, bishoprics and universities, as well as arms of the British Empire, Heraldic Signs and their origins and several overseas issues. See here for all series shown on this website.

Series information

This series deals with the arms of the British Empire, with arms of colonies, protectorates and cities.

Card number 1, Hudson Bay Company, also appears in the series Wills's - Arms of Companies . The same series was published in the same year in the UK, however with some differences; the UK series has as number 1 the Hudson Bay Company, the Australian version has Hong Kong. Also some cards have a different number and the arms of Australia differ.

For all images see here

Some examples:


Australia (UK issue)

Australia (Australian issue)

Hong Kong

Fiji

New South Wales

Sydney
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