Earthenware snuff jar, England, 1750-1800

Made:
1750-1800 in England

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Queensware earthenware snuff storage jar, inscribed "RAPPE" with scene of North American native or West Indian, on of a matching pair (see A220454)G.P maker, made in England, 1750-1800

Snuff jars were used as storage containers for snuff, which is powdered tobacco. This earthenware jar has the word “RAPPE” painted on it, which is the French name for snuff. The design also shows a Native American or a native of the West Indies smoking a pipe. On the other side there is a picture of a ship sailing towards the man, possibly looking for tobacco to trade.

The practice of ‘taking snuff’ through the nose became common in Europe in the 1600s and was hugely popular throughout the 1700s. Snuff was well liked for its aroma, taste and nicotine boost. It was also believed to ward off colds and to be good for the relief of ear, nose and throat problems – as well as snoring.

Details

Category:
Medical Ceramic-ware
Object Number:
A220455
type:
snuff jar
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • snuff container
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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