Tobacco jar, England, 1840-1860

1840-1860 in England

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Lead tobacco jar, octagonal in shape with lid, English, 1840-1860. Lid seperated from jar, graduated matt black perspex
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Lead tobacco jar, octagonal in shape with lid, finial in shape of head of a child, English, 1840-1860

Containers for tobacco were traditionally known as jars, whatever material was used to construct them. Made from lead, this tobacco jar was used so frequently the gold painted decoration has been rubbed off. Shredded tobacco used for smoking would have been stored in this jar and it may have been available in a public space, such as a tavern, or used in the home.

Lead jars were first introduced in the 1750s and remained popular until the 1900s.


Object Number:
tobacco jar
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • tobacco container

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