Mennonite Heritage Village

Tobacco Box

Time Period: c.1870
Origin: Yugoslavia
Donated By: Mrs. Afanasiev

This tobacco box belonged to Jan Ellert, a Mennonite man working in a copper mine in Yugoslavia who, ill and without children, gave his young Russian co-worker, Leonard Afanasiev, his family heirloom – a tobacco box made of cow horn and nickel. The wife of this Russian man would later donate the piece to the Mennonite Heritage Village.