Cast Brass Table-top Tobacco Box
Cast Brass Table-top Tobacco Box
Cast Brass Table-top Tobacco Box

Cast Brass Table-top Tobacco Box

19th century England

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The removable cover topped by a spire finial, the canister-form body with concave base moulding, raised on a square bracket plinth with ogee-shaped friezes. A quotation from 'Domestic Metalwork' sums up the use of brass for making objects in daily use: ‘Eating, drinking, smoking… - the personal, everyday occupations of the average gentleman and his lady, were all greatly enhanced by brass, which seems to epitomise the solidity and respectability of the times’. (Rupert Gentle, Rachael Field and Barbara Gentle, 'Domestic Metalwork: 1640-1820', Antique Collectors’ Club, 1994, p.105)

J. Seymour Lindsay explains that there were two types of metal tobacco box: ‘those of a convenient size and weight for the pocket, and those for table use, the prototype of a modern tobacco jar; the latter were made in lead painted, and, in lesser numbers, in cast iron, pewter and brass. Inside was a press which kept the tobacco compact and free from air.’ (J. Seymour Lindsay, 'Iron and Brass Implements of the English House', (Alec Tiranti, London, 1970), p.68). Lindsay comments that: ‘metal objects owing their origin exclusively to the use of tobacco, are not to be found in great variety, but are none the less interesting, and show in their manufacture much ingenuity and fine workmanship’ (p.67).
Height 23.00 cm (9.06 inches)
Width 12.00 cm (4.72 inches)
Depth 11.50 cm (4.53 inches)
Stock Code
Cast brass
Thomas Coulborn & Sons

Thomas Coulborn & Sons
Vesey Manor
64 Birmingham Road
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B72 1QP

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