We would like to introduce you to Allen Gurst, Auctionata expert in Tobacco Jars.
For most of his life, Allen Gurst has collected and sold many different types of merchandise. Traversing the United States by automobile early in his career, he collected all types of ephemera from places along his journey. As space for the precious items decreased, the need to dispose of these items increased.
During the 1970s, he became enamored with the bold lithography on tins used to sell tobacco in the first half of the 19th Century. In 1990, in a small shop in southeastern Pennsylvania, he purchased his first tobacco jar - a lovely majolica piece featuring the face of a seaman in a knit cap smoking a pipe. From there the interest grew rapidly. At antique shows, he met dealers who sold and collected these small pieces of utilitarian art.
As a member of the Society of Tobacco Jar Collectors Mr. Gurst was able to learn and share the history of the jars. For several years, he wrote the quarterly journal for the Society which included reference information, photos of newly discovered pieces and results of sales and auctions among other information.
He has done quite a few appraisals, sold at antique and collectible shows as well as online sales and enjoys sharing information with all the people who stop to inquire and learn of the history of these lovely little artistic gems.
Allen Gurst lives and works in Florida.