A tobacco humidor and a cookie – biscuit jar are the same size, so on the antique pieces it is difficult to tell what the original function was.
A humidor jar was originally intended as a decorative holder for tobacco. However over the years my customers have told me they use such jars for cookies, crackers, biscuits, tea and even the prescription medical green dried herb as they love these antique containers but none of them smoke tobacco.
It is about 4 ½” to the top of the rim and about 5 ½” to the top of the finial. The bottom is about 5 ¾” by 5 ¾”.
This humidor or jar is French, produced from a mold, and white glass. On the sides are printed in black people who make their living selling or working on the streets, or who are seen on the streets, and the titles of their occupations are written in French below their pictures. There are two people on each side. On one side the gold trim line goes through the words of their occupations, making it difficult to read the words. This black on white glass was a type of decoration a few French glassmakers produced during this time period, and other examples are clothing and shoes in black on white glass perfume bottles and vanity items.
I see a water carrier, a servant, the person who pastes up paper notices, a female “blaye” whatever that is, a seller of baskets, a cheese seller, a bird seller and a seller of buckets.
There are black print designs on the top of the glass box.
There is some wear to the gold trim. There is aging patina and wear on the brass lid. The metal lid is original to the glass piece.
There are no nicks, chips or cracks. There is the remnant of an old paper sticker on the bottom.
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