Slate tobacco jar, United Kingdom, 1877-1879

Made:
1877-1879 in United Kingdom
maker:
Unknown

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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”.

Details

Category:
Smoking
Object Number:
A18953
type:
tobacco jar
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • tobacco container
credit:
Mawers