Brass tobacco box, England, 1801-1900

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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. maker: Unknown maker Place made: England, United Kingdom

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Brass tobacco box, England, 1801-1900.{' '} Credit: Science Museum, London. CC BY


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