A George III mahogany 'Tobacco Spinners Society' chest
Lot 996
A George III mahogany 'Tobacco Spinners Society' chest
Sold for £1,410 (US$ 2,369) inc. premium
Auction Details
The Scottish Sale Edinburgh
24 Aug 2006 11:00 BST

Auction 13978
Lot Details
A George III mahogany 'Tobacco Spinners Society' chest
The cavetto moulded rectangular lid opening to reveal a shallow tray section inscribed in ink 'Aird Nason Deacon 1858', lifting to reveal the deeper well, the three locks to the front above an inlaid banner titled 'TOBACCO SPINNER'S SOCIETY', carrying handles to the sides, on shaped bracket feet. 58cm high x 75cm wide x 45cm deep.

Footnotes

  • Tobacco spinners prepared tobacco for sale by spinning tobacco leaves into a continuous rope or coil twist on spinning tables with a drum at one side. A customer could purchase a length of this rope and would cut off a piece to place the tobacco in his (or her) pipe. This chest or box appears to have been made to hold Incorporation documents for the Glasgow Journeymen's Tobacco Spinning Society.
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