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Lead tobacco jar, English, 1790-1830.

Richardson, Claire

Lead tobacco jar, English, 1790-1830.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm


Small jar used for storing pipe tobacco in the form of a coffin with detachable flanged lid. The interior of the jar was originally painted dark green. 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.

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