Cut slate stone tobacco jar, lacquered, painted with various scenes with gilt trim, two finger grip lid, dated August 10, 1879, British, 1877-1879
This tobacco jar is likely to have been placed on a table at social engagements for everyone to use. Such large and elaborate tobacco jars were a symbol of wealth.
Made from slate, the jar has been lacquered and painted on the front and back with flowers. The sides feature domestic scenes, including a man taking snuff and another being served with a feast of a pig’s head. The lid bears the date “10 August 1879”.