I haven't seen very many complete smoker's (also spelled smokers or smokers') sets. The one below, which is featured on pages 316 and 317 in R&R Halliday's "Extraordinary British Transferware 1780-1840," appears to have all of its parts. I am not sure what "all of its parts" actually means. Here is a guess. Smoker's sets usually have a tobacco jar, a cup, a candlestick, a tobacco press, a snuff box, a snuff box lid, and a stand (which can be used as a ash tray).
|Smoker's set, 13 inches high, printed in a pattern known as Hawk Attack, ca. 1820.|
Coysh and Henrywood on p. 340 in their 1982 book "The Dictionary of Blue and White Printed Pottery 1780-1880," say a smoker's set "is a set of pots which fit together in the form of a pyramid and serve a variety of smoker's needs." "Variety" may be the key word.
I recently saw a splendid smoker's set in the stall of Fergus Downey in Portobello Road.
|Smoker's set, 19 inches high, printed in the "British Cattle" pattern by, possibly, Bourne, Baker, and Bourne (ca. 1805-1830).|
While most of the smoker's sets were probably printed in blue, I owned a set that was printed in teal. The Romantic pattern dates the set to the mid to late 1830s. It is missing some of its parts, but does include a candle snuffer.
|Smoker's set, printed in teal, ca. 1835.|
The last smoker's set I'll show you is lacking nearly everything. It only has the tobacco jar and the stand. I bought it because of the lovely floral pattern printed in pink and black. I envisioned using it as a plant pot. Which is exactly what I did.
|Pink and black printed partial smoker's set: tobacco jar and stand only, ca. 1835.|
|The beautifully printed stand. The orange dots are detritus from my garden.|