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Object Name: Tobacco jar
Date: ca. 1900-1930
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Medium: Stoneware
Dimensions: Overall: 9 x 6 3/4 in. ( 22.9 x 17.1 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, Helmetta
Description: Salt-glazed stoneware jar; half- dipped dark brown upper and white lower; paper retailer's label affixed to belly.
Credit Line: Gift of Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 1938.375
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Marks: typed: paper label: "RAILROAD MILLS,/SWEET/SCOTCH SNUFF/WARRANTED/GOOD./GEORGE W. HELME CO./HELMETTA,/NEW JERSEY" and "FACTORY 4, 5TH DIST. N.J./ THE MANUFACTURER OF THIS TOBACCO HAS COMPLIED WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE LAW. EVERY PERSON IS CAUTIONED, UNDER THE PENALTIES OF LAW, NOT TO USE THE JAR FOR TOBACCO AGAIN."

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.

Provenance:

The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman