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Snuff bottle

Object Number: 
1938.326a
Date: 
1825-1875
Medium: 
Glass, cork, paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 x 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 in. ( 10.2 x 5.7 x 5.7 cm )
Marks: 
printed: on label affixed to bottle: "TOBACCO SCOTCH & RAPPEE SNUFF/MANUFACTURED/and Sold by/AMERICAN SNUFF CO. MEMPHIS TENN./ORIGINATED BY/LEVI GARRETT/& SONS/No. 128 So. Front Street/at the Draw Bridge/PHILADA."
Description: 
Brown nonlead glass snuff bottle blown in a three-part mold with rudimentary neck, slightly rounded shoulder, square body with rounded corners, and indented base; pasted on front of bottle, remains of paper label printed in black with inscription beginning "TOBACCO SCOTCH & RAPPEE SNUFF" across top; cork wedged in mouth of bottle.
Gallery Label: 
This object was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group