Re: [ Snuff Box The Nasal Snuff Club] Re: G. Smith's and Son
Leonard Fox <rockandhawk <at> 4OAjmf8GBRnUZOPt6eDP_1lh9gvAFpYW39iUJ0Dr9evGD8Uw2ILiJmdOGNDUj8VKSJwqsoeWyo2ZzwBw.yahoo.invalid>
2004-11-06 17:34:21 GMT
I first met Mr. Rose in 1964 and continued to correspond with him - and
visit him whenever I was in London - until his retirement. He was obliged to
take it easy after his heart attack. He was really a wonderful person and,
as you say, very knowledgeable. He had the further distinction of being
probably the only Jewish snuff merchant in the British Isles. I used to
bring him samples of Schmalzler and some of the Bernard and Lotzbeck
non-Schmalzler snuffs from Munich, as well as various Italian snuffs: he was
not impressed with any of them! He very kindly used to supply me with
Gallaher's Irish High Toast in one pound tins, although he did not stock it
for sale in his shop, since he sold his own HDT. I used to buy "Best Brazil"
snuff from him occasionally, and he once told me that he obtained it in bulk
from Samuel Gawith (or was it Gawith Hoggarth?). I don't know whether the
same firm made some of his other snuffs. After the demise of Fribourg &
Treyer, I believe that he purchased the recipes for several of their snuffs.
In any case, they were available from his shop immediately after F&T closed.
On another subject, does anyone remember Grant's High Toast snuff? It was
made in Ireland for many years and was for sale in almost every tobacco shop
from Dublin to Galway, as I found on several trips to Ireland in the late
1970s and early 1980s. Then there was some dispute about inheritance of the
firm and production ceased while the lawyers bled the litigants. I was in
contact for quite some time with the last owner (one of the claimants), who
sent me some really marvelous Irish whiskey snuff that he had planned to
produce commercially once the problems were resolved. The final letter I
received from him said that he was going to move the manufacturing operation
across the border from Donegal, where the firm was established, to Derry,
because costs were lower there. Either he lost the case or - more likely -
after the lawyers were done, there was no more money to renew production.