Carved wooden Native American shop sign c. 1780
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Carved wooden Native American figure, used as a tobacconist's sign. Figures of American Indians were often placed outside tobacconists shops. They stood for the Americas, where tobacco was cultivated. Their kilts and headdresses were made out of tobacco leaves and they carried tobacco rolls under their arms.
1780 AD - 1780 AD