Edward Jenner's tobacco box, Europe, 1820-1821

Made:
1810-1821 in England
maker:
Hewitt's Universal Tobacco Company

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Leather covered tobacco box, owned by Dr. Edward Jenner, with masonic symbols and family crest, lip decorated with copper greyhound, by Hewitt's, England, 1810-1821.

This tobacco box was owned by the pioneer of smallpox vaccination, Edward Jenner (1749-1823). Covered in leather, the box is decorated with Masonic symbols, including the compass and ruler. Jenner was a Freemason from 1804 onwards and his initials and the date, 26 January 1821, suggest the box may well have been presented to him by his Masonic colleagues. The decoration also includes his family crest.

Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
A683013
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), copper (metal), leather, silver (metal) and tin (metal)
type:
tobacco box
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • tobacco container
credit:
Sotheby's