Tobacco jars have been used since the 1700s to store pipe tobacco. They've been made with a variety of materials, including tin, wood, and pewter, but most are pottery jars, made of porcelain, majolica, or bisque. In the mid-19th century, figural tobacco jars (shaped like people or animals) became popular.

Tobacco jars from the 1950s and '60s are also considered collectible, though they're not as ornate as earlier jars. Jars from the turn of the century are the most in-demand. Reproductions are common, so be sure to do your research before purchasing.


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