A Spittoon

I suspect most of us would consider a spittoon to be a rather distasteful item. Perhaps they are in use, but they can look attractive. This one is at Market Lavington Museum.

19th century spittoon at Market Lavington Museum

19th century spittoon at Market Lavington Museum

The first point to make is that what looks like a spout isn’t. It is completely closed at the top and is a handle. This item is made of china and is in two pieces. The cone inside is separate from the main container.

The spittoon was found at 21 White Street

The spittoon was found at 21 White Street

It is the handle’s underside which carries most decoration.

The decorated handle

The decorated handle

This spittoon dates from the early 19th century – a time when deaths from consumption were common. It was found in the attic of 21 White Street in Market Lavington.

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