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Object ID 001239

Object Name Pearson's Red Top Snuff Can

Object Desc An empty snuff can manufactured by Byfield Snuff Co.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001064a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Tobacco Products


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Tobacco Exhibit North Shelf 6

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords snuff,tobacco,Pearson's Red Top Snuff,Byfield Snuff Co.,cans,

Title Pearson's Red Top Snuff Can

Description An empty snuff can with lid that was manufactured by Byfield Snuff Co. the can has a red background with black words. The lid says red top with two flowers and three images of crosses across the middle. The label of the can has two sides. The front part has the brand "Pearson's Red Top Snuff"on a movie strip ribbon. It also says the company and location on the bottom. The backside label has an image of a woman and it says pearson mills arched over her head. Next to her is the gov't warning that the container cannot be sold as snuff again. a blue sticker that says snuff is located right above it. the bottom has a sticker that says 1.00 t-1.


Approx Collection Date

Height 2.75

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 1.75

Circumference 5.5

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details The lid is about .25" in height.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Byfield Snuff Co.

Maker Details On Aug. 10, 1709, Benjamin Pearson purchased 24 acres from the descendants of Peter Cheney. In his will which was dated March 10, 1729-30, Benjamin Pearson gave to his son Benjamin Pearson . The snuff business started as a sideline in New England mills. Each sawmill, grist mill or fulling mill had a snuff room attached. The tobacco was ground and exported around the world on the clipper ships out of nearby Newburyport. The Industrial Revolution of the 1800's created a demand for snuff because it offered a way to enjoy tobacco when the danger of dust explosions in the cotton mills precluded smoking. The company does not seem to be in existence today.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001064a-b



Date JAN 16,2014

Summary Good

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes The lid is good. The can label is faded and has some edgewear on the bottom and on the top.


Date FEB 18,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Cabinet 1, Shelf 8 from Cabinet 1 - automatic entry by admin

Date MAR 25,2014

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from On-Site Collection Storage - automatic entry by admin

Date MAR 25,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Tobacco Exhibit North Shelf 6 from Cabinet 1, Shelf 8 - automatic entry by admin