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Tobacco jar, England, 1801-1900

Dried pipe tobacco leaves would have been stored inside this earthenware jar, which may have been used in a tobacconist’s or bought by a customer and used at home. The jar is marked with the name of Bewlay, a tobacconist based at 49 Strand, London. They sold ‘smoking apparatus’ and have highlighted their social standing with a reference to the Duke of Sussex, one of their customers.

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Glossary: smoking

A practice where a substance, most commonly tobacco is burned and the smoke inhaled. It is currently practiced by over one billion people worldwide (2008)

Glossary: tobacco

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Glossary: tobacco jar

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Glossary: earthenware

Pottery made of clay which is fired at a relatively low temperature. Earthenware is often semi-porous, meaning some liquid or air can pass through it. This can be altered by treating the pottery with a glaze.