This antique cobalt glass lady's spittoon or cuspidor measures 6 1/2 inches tall, 9 inches wide at the hip and 6 inches across the top. It was molded in a two-part mold in the 1890's with a raised seam on each side. It weighs over a pound and a half and is very sturdy and stable, useful for an item you don't want to tip over! It's in excellent condition, not a chip or crack in sight, with a one inch long straw mark on the bottom the only production flaw. This piece makes a lovely vase, especially for flowers that tend to droop a bit, since the wide rim will support them. It's also a great potpourri bowl.
Chewing tobacco was widely accepted for women as well as men in the 19th and early 20th centuries, even well-bred, genteel ladies. After one parked the tobacco in one's cheek for awhile, there was the need to spit it out--and thus the need for the cuspidor. Spittoons were made in metal and pottery but ones like this, of delicate materials like glass, were definitely used in the parlor and not in the barroom. Women had small, "personal" size spittoons but this was the "common" size, set out for all the ladies to share. Even Limoges made beautiful porcelain spittoons. Chewing tobacco and spittoons were falling out of favor by the 1920's, superseded by cigarettes.