U.S. Supreme Court
Robertson v. Salomon, 130 U.S. 412 (1889)
Robertson v. Salomon
Argued January 16, 1889
Decided April 15, 1889
130 U.S. 412
ERROR TO THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE UNITED
STATES FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
In settling the meaning and application of tariff laws, the commercial designation of an article is the first and most important thing to be ascertained.
When the commercial designation of an article fails to give it its proper place in the classification of a tariff law, then resort must be had to its common designation.