Tobacco pouch

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18th century tobacco pouch from Japan

A tobacco pouch is a pouch used to hold tobacco. They are often made out of leather, and once were made of sealskin. Rolling and pipe tobacco is often sold in a plastic pouch. The person who purchases the tobacco, if they own a tobacco pouch, will then transfer the tobacco from the plastic pouch to their leather one.

History[edit]

Tobacco pouches date back to traditional Japan, and appear in artwork dating back to the 17th century.[1] They were also made in Canada in the early 1900s.[2] A tobacco pouch is a vital clue in the Sherlock Holmes short story The Adventure of Black Peter. Along with boots, tobacco pouches were the one of the first uses of the zip.[3]

Sir Walter Raleigh, an English explorer and one of the first to popularise tobacco smoking in England, kept a tobacco pouch with a Latin inscription: Comes meus fuit in illo miserrimo tempore ("It was my companion at that most miserable time").[4][5]

Use in crime[edit]

Commercial tobacco pouches have been produced in order to provide legitimacy to counterfeit tobacco. £8million of tobacco pouches were seized in Merseyside in 2012.[6] Tobacco pouches, fake or genuine, have also been the target of burglaries in Bury St Edmunds in 2013.[7] Tobacco pouches have also been used to store drug paraphernalia, including cannabis.[8] In New Zealand prisons, nicotine-deprived prisoners can pay up to $300 for a pouch of tobacco.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kubo Shunman: Tobacco Pouch and Pipe (JP1954) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art". Metmuseum.org. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "A History of the World - Object : Indian tobacco pouch". BBC. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Invention of the zipper « Inventions and Inventors". Inventionware.com. 31 July 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Gene Borio. "Tobacco Timeline: The Seventeenth Century-The Great Age of the Pipe". Tobacco.org. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sir Walter Raleigh's tobacco pouch". Wallace Collection. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Peter Elson (12 May 2012). "Merseyside police seize huge haul of fake tobacco pouches". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Burglars steal a pouch of tobacco after targeting two neighbouring homes in Bury St Edmunds - Latest News". Bury Free Press. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Wilkinson, Graeme (9 March 2013). "Men fight in street in Garnant after Wales V France rugby game". This is South Wales. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Pouch of tobacco $300 in prison | Otago Daily Times Online News : Otago, South Island, New Zealand & International News". Odt.co.nz. 22 September 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2013.