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Edward Jenner's tobacco box, Europe, 1820-1821

This tobacco box was owned by the pioneer of smallpox vaccination, Edward Jenner (1749-1823). Covered in leather, the box is decorated with Masonic symbols, including the compass and ruler. Jenner was a Freemason from 1804 onwards and his initials and the date, 26 January 1821, suggest the box may well have been presented to him by his Masonic colleagues. The decoration also includes his family cr…