Lead tobacco jar, English, 1750-1850.
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Square jar used for storing pipe tobacco resting on rococo type feet and surmounted by a five-tiered lid with torc shaped finial and hunting scenes moulded on the sides. Containers for storing pipe tobacco were traditionally known as jars. The earliest types were cylindrical and fairly plain, while later ones were oblong, cast from carved wooden panels.