Tobacco Box


Rounded rectangular,lidded box on four button feet with overall chased baroque-style decoration of scrolls, shells, flowers and diapering; a wide band wrapped around bottom of sides features repeating relief scenes of men and women dancing and socializing in a tavern or inn. Lid has a scalloped tab at front and is attached with a five-knuckle hinge at back. Wood lined. Bottom underside struck "E", "G", "W", "&", and "S" all in raised gothic or Old English script in individual square surrounds.

Maker is E. G. Webster & Son of Brooklyn, NY, 1886-1928. Named for Elizur Goodwin Webster (1829-1900) and his son, Frederick Hezekiah Webster (b. 1860); successor firm to E. G. Webster & Brother (Elizur and Adelbert Ashley Webster) of New York, NY, 1865-1886, also known as Webster Manufacturing Co., 1866-1874. E. G. Webster & Son was purchased by International Silver Co. in 1928, but the trademark was used until c. 1961 when it was consolidated with Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (founding member of Insilco in 1898) into Webster-Wilcox. (See Rainwater, Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers.)

Date Made: 1886-1928

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, Brooklyn

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Credit Line: Gift of Lucinda de Leftwich Templin, Ph.D., in memory of Ella Rice Templin

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.61.0309Catalog Number: 61.0309Accession Number: 200122

Object Name: box, tobacco

Physical Description: silver plate (overall material)wood (lining material)Measurements: overall: 3 in x 6 1/4 in x 4 5/8 in; 7.62 cm x 15.875 cm x 11.7475 cm


Record Id: nmah_301092

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