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2005/27/1 Tobacco tin, 'Trotty Veck', copper / tobacco, maker unknown, used by A E Smith, probably England or Australia, 1910-1975. Click to enlarge.

Tobacco tin used by A E Smith

Arthur Edward Smith is widely regarded as being Australia's finest violin maker. Smith had learned his art in England working in the music business of CW Jeffreys in Maldon repairing and making instruments. Prior to this he had worked as a draftsman for the firm, HE Bentall also in Maldon. Arriving in Melbourne in 1909, and briefly establishing a business there, he then briefly travelled to San Francisco but by 1913 was back in Australia, this time in Sydney where he established a business in …


Object No.


Object Statement

Tobacco tin, 'Trotty Veck', copper / tobacco, maker unknown, used by A E Smith, probably England or Australia, 1910-1975

Physical Description

Tobacco tin, copper / tobacco, used by A E Smith, maker unknown, [England / Australia], 1910-1975

Circular tobacco tin made of copper with separate cover of same metal. The cover bears a relief impression profile portrait of man in a crumpled top hat smoking. The name Trotty Veck is written either side of the head. Several traces of tobacco are left in the container.


No marks



95 mm




Extent of production not known. The maker of the tin is unknown. The tin was made in England or Australia between 1910 and 1975.



The tin originally belonged to A E Smith's uncle Joseph Bartrop who in turn gave it to Smith. The tin was used by Smith to hold his pipe tobacco and was kept on or near his work bench. Trotty Veck was a character in Charles Dickens' short story "The Chimes".

Arthur Edward Smith MBE (1880 – 16 May 1978)


Credit Line

Gift of Mrs Ruth Llewellyn, 2005

Acquisition Date

18 January 2005

Cite this Object


Tobacco tin used by A E Smith 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 October 2021, <>


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