Brass tobacco box, England, 1801-1900

Made:
1801-1900 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Brass tobacco box, rectangular with one labate curly side where lid opens, engraved 'modern prophecy', English, 1801-1900

Used to carry tobacco for chewing or smoking, this pocket-sized brass tobacco box is engraved with the words “Modern Prophecy” and a picture of a strange looking flying machine. Apparently flying by means of flapping wings, this ‘ornithopter’ appears to be steam powered. Such machines would have been a feature of the science fiction of the day.

This type of image is not uncommon on tobacco boxes although it is unclear what it means.

Details

Category:
Smoking
Object Number:
A234339
type:
tobacco box
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • tobacco container