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Cast lead tobacco jar, English, 1790-1860.

Richardson, Claire

Cast lead tobacco jar, English, 1790-1860.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm


Square jar used for storing pipe tobacco with cambered lid surmounted by a dolphin shaped finial and hunting scenes on the jar panels. 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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