Cream spittoon, England, 1775-1850

Made:
1775-1850 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Circular, cream, Leeds ware, spittoon, with flared rim, English, 1775-1850. Full view, high viewpoint. Graduated matt
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Circular, cream, Leeds ware, spttoon, with flared rim, English, 1775-1850

Spittoons are containers made for spitting into, especially for those chewing tobacco. This cream coloured spittoon may have been placed in a public area or perhaps used in the home. Spitting was a socially acceptable habit in the United Kingdom until the late 1880s when it was realised that it was connected to the spread of diseases such as tuberculosis. Since then it has been actively discouraged – at times by law – and remains a habit that is frowned upon. This type of earthenware is known as Leedsware.

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Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
A51195
type:
spittoon
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle

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