Spittoon, England, 1660-1760

Made:
1660-1760 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Spittoon, blue tin-glazed earthenware, English, 1660-1760

Spitting was a common and socially acceptable habit during the 1600s and 1700s. Spittoons were used as containers for spit and could be found inside many public places, such as inns and pubs, as well as private homes. From the late 1800s, the practice was discouraged as it was realised that spit contained germs that could spread diseases including tuberculosis, one of the biggest killers of the time.

Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
A634451
type:
spittoon
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle

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