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Oak tobacco box carved from Brontës’ church sells for $1,500

This tobacco box was carved from wood salvaged from the Haworth church in Yorkshire

An oak tobacco box carved from the wood of the Brontës’ Haworth Church in Yorkshire has sold for $1,500 via AbeBooks.com.

From 1820 until 1861, the Reverend Patrick Brontë occupied the parsonage at Haworth. His six children, including the novelists Charlotte, Emily, and Anne, grew up in the shadow of the old church. Although the last of the Brontë children died in 1855, Patrick Brontë lived to see Haworth become a destination for literary pilgrims, as readers arrived to pay tribute to the authors of Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

In 1879, the old Haworth church was torn down and rebuilt. Parts of the interior oak from furniture and rafters were turned into commemorative urns, vases, salt boxes, candlesticks, picture frames, tobacco boxes, and spittoons for literary  souvenir hunters.

This polished brass and oak tobacco box is 6 inches high with a base of 3.75 inches in diameter. A printed paper label reading “Haworth Church” had been stuck to the inside of the lid.

Haworth is a village in West Yorkshire. It attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year thanks to its connection with the Brontës’ and its beautiful location in the Pennines. The parsonage is now a museum maintained by the Brontë Society.

Numerous souvenir objects were created from the church’s rafters and furniture
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