Tobacco jar, England, 1790-1850

Made:
1790-1850 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Left hand side: A4409, Lead tobacco jar, circular with detachable lid surmounted by negro head finial, moulded
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Cast lead tobacco jar, with damper and detachable lid, sides have moulded relief scenes of revellers - with clay pipes and wine - at a table, finial in the shape of a dog, English, 1790-1850

Containers for tobacco were traditionally known as jars, whatever material was used to construct them. Lead tobacco jars were first introduced in the 1750s and remained popular until the 1900s. The sides are decorated with scenes of revellers with clay tobacco pipes and wine. The lids were often decorated with a human figure or animal, in this case a dog. (Shown here with a similar example, A4409).

Details

Category:
Smoking
Object Number:
A66576
Measurements:
lid: 45 mm x 130 mm x 100 mm, .19kg
box: 80 mm x 130 mm x 90 mm, 1.15kg
damper: 25 mm x 120 mm x 90 mm, .37kg
type:
tobacco jar
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • tobacco container

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