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Tobacco box, Netherlands, 1680-1800

This tobacco box is likely to have been the property of a wealthy individual who could afford such a well engraved item. Made from copper and brass, the oblong box features scenes from everyday life. These include a journey by coach and horses, shepherding sheep, a child playing in a garden and men entertaining in a tavern. The tobacco stored in the box could have been smoked or chewed.

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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 box

Small box used for carrying smoking or chewing tobacco, especially those with unattached fitted covers. For similar box having a hinged lid instead of an unattached, fitted cover, use "snuffbox."

Glossary: tobacco

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