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Offline Tigerchips

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Lead tobacco box
« on: July 24, 2017, 05:41:44 PM »
I didn't even know these things existed in lead until i looked it up. The whole thing is made from lead, other than the knob on the top which seems to have been a replacement. It's as heavy as a brick, why anyone would make a tobacco box out of lead is beyond me, well, maybe it was cheap. But imagine a mixture of tobacco and lead in your pipe?

Anyway, it's decorated with thistles, acorns, flames, fleur de lis, and it's about 5 inches long. I would imagine the loose bit was there to keep the tobacco down inside the box. I've looked around but couldn't find any with feet. I wonder if this might be older than the 19th century ones i've seen on ebay?

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Re: Lead tobacco box
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2017, 01:38:09 AM »
Most of the ones online seem to be flat based but I have found some with feet, by searching for Lead tobacco box and then looking under the Images results.

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Re: Lead tobacco box
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2017, 03:51:32 PM »
I suspect the heaviness was so that it wouldn't get tossed about with the papers. Sort of a paperweight/cigarette box in one. I have a business card holder which is also as heavy as lead.


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