Tobacco Jar

Production date
1888
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Majolica glazed pinch-waisted ceramic jar (H.26867/1) with lid (H.26867/2). Both are decorated with coggle marks: key and scroll, and impressed with scrolls and text.
Classification
CH classification PERSONAL EFFECTS Smoking Accessories tobacco jar
Production place
Measurements
H292 x Dia.215 mm
Media/Materials description
Earthenware, Majolica glaze (Ceramics)
Signature/Marks
<Impressed in ribbon > HAIRCUT \ 1888 \ DINMORE \ IPSWICH
History and use
Manufactured in 1888 by the Dinmore Brick & Tile Co, this earthenware jar is wheel-thrown and finished with a Majolica style glaze. It was probably used for holding shaving cream, rather than actual tobacco. During the 19th century barbershops and tobacconists were usually combined operations and this jar was one of a set of decorative containers made in graduating sizes that would have been displayed inside such a shop.

The Dinmore Brick & Tile Co opened in 1884 on the site of the Ebbw Vale coal mine, situated about 6 kilometres from central Ipswich. Originally intended as the site for another coal shaft, the clay there was of such a high quality that a pottery was established instead. Dinmore Pottery items became highly sought after.

Majolica earthenware pottery such as this was common in the 19th century and could be easily distinguished by the moulded, glossy surfaces. This particular item is believed to have been shown in Melbourne at the Queensland Court of the Australian International Exhibition of 1888-1889.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
Registration number
H26867.1

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