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Object Name: Snuff bottle
Date: 1794-1850
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Medium: Glass, cork, paper
Dimensions: Overall: 4 1/4 x 2 3/4 x 1 3/4 in. ( 10.8 x 7 x 4.4 cm )
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Dark olive nonlead glass snuff bottle blown in a three part mold with rudimentary neck, slightly rounded shoulder, rectangular body with flat chamfers, and mold seam on base; pasted on front, paper label printed in black with illustration of beehive and casks with factory building and ship mast in background, followed by inscription beginning "HONEY DEW FRESH SCOTCH SNUFF MANUFACTURED AND SOLD BY PETER LORILLARD"; on other side of bottle, paper label with inscription beginning "CAUTION. Purchasers are requested..."; cork wedged in mouth of bottle.
Object Number: Z.502
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Marks: printed: on paper label affixed to bottle, front: "HONEY DEW FRESH/SCOTCH SNUFF,/MANUFACTURED AND SOLD BY/PETER LORILLARD,/[illeg.]TE PETER AND GEORGE LORILLA[label torn]/16 [label torn] 03 Chambers Street,/[label torn] EW YORK." printed: on paper label affixed to other side of bottle: "CAUTION./Purchasers are requested after having disposed/of the contents of this Bottle to tear off or deface/the Label on the outside, in order to prevent un-/principled persons from making use of the same/to palm off a spurious and inferior snuff./Beware also of counterfeited Labels./P. LORILLARD"

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Peter and George Lorillard founded a business for the manufacture of snuff in 1794, when they built mills in New York for that express purpose. Lorillard's operated at 30 Chatham Street until 1818. (See Publications) This bottle bears a label with an address on Chambers Street; thus, its date of distribution is unknown.