Curious Objects: Tobacco Stopper

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Billions of words, millions of books, 600 years of Curious Objects.

Cambridge University Library is celebrating its 600th anniversary with an exhibition of the weird and wonderful objects in its collections.

This rather curious object comes from 18th century England and features a splendid rendering of the man who brought us Hamlet, Macbeth …and invented the word puke!

Yes, it’s the Bard himself, William Shakespeare.

Tobacco stoppers such as this were common and were used for stuffing down tobacco in a pipe.

Where it came from is a mystery…we have no idea.

Stick that in your pipe and smoke it!

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/ectoplasm-spirit-trumpets-and-paintings-from-pompeii-600-years-of-curious-objects

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