A smoker who leaves his home should take his favorite tobacco with him in his indispensable tobacco box. These are known from the early 17th century onwards, mostly in brass. The oldest specimen is small, decorated with the portraits of the Princes of Orange or other popular symbols. In the interior often a pipe stopper is found, because the pipe bowls were very small in that period.
During the 18th century the engraved oval brass box got extremely popular, with hundreds of different scenes, from biblical to the most obscene. These boxes were replaced by painted papier-mâché boxes after 1800, of which the best came from the German city of Braunschweig: the so-called Stobwasser boxes. Besides the hand painted boxes many were applied with printed images to increase production numbers and lower the price. A rare copy has a secret inner lid with a scabrous picture.
Another pipe smoker’s accessory is the pipe tamper, such simple object, but no smoker can do without tampering down the tobacco in the pipe bowl in order to get a good draft in his pipe. English ones often show fine bronze casting and nice representations. In popular art all kinds of small prickers were produced to clean the pipe from the ashes. They are called pipe-cleaner or pipe-scraper.
An object used by both pipe smokers and tobacco chewers is the spittoon or to use a more exotic name a cuspidor, after the Portuguese word. Beautiful vases of opaline glass are actually quite an adornment on a table, notwithstanding their use. Larger shaped spittoons were placed on the floor and were used in public places.
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