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Slate tobacco jar, United Kingdom, 1877-1879

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This tobacco jar is likely to have been placed on a table at social engagements for everyone to use. Such large and elaborate tobacco jars were a symbol of wealth. Made from slate, the jar has been lacquered and painted on the front and back with flowers. The sides feature domestic scenes, including a man taking snuff and another being served with a feast of a pig’s head. The lid bears the date “10 August 1879”. maker: Unknown maker Place made: United Kingdom


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