Snuff Bottles on Display

Hamilton Public Library now has a display of thirty snuff bottles from China. Pictured are a few of Debbie and Harvey Kliman’s collection. The exhibit will be available for viewing during regular library hours until the end of July.

Hamilton Public Library News

(Hamilton, NY – July 2012) Hamilton Public Library has a new exhibit in place. Debbie and Harvey Kliman have arranged a small exhibit of their snuff bottle collection in the glass case in the room with mysteries and books on audio.

These snuff bottles were obtained by Debbie’s great aunt, Arianna McGrath, who lived in China with her husband between 1900 – 1912.  She collected Chinese artifacts of all kinds for museums and private collectors, but kept the snuff bottles for herself.

Chinese gentlemen in the 1800’s and early 1900’s had the habit of taking snuff which they carried with them in bottles of the type displayed.

The Klimans chose what they deemed the most interesting bottles from their large collection. The bottles on display are carved out of a wide variety of materials.

The photograph hanging over the case is Debbie’s aunt, Prudence Hawkins, who was Hamilton’s librarian for 30 years.  She and Debbie’s mother, Patricia H. Sill, inherited the snuff bottle collection from Mrs. McGrath, and following their deaths, it was passed on to Debbie and Harvey.

Children who have registered for Bibliomania, our summer reading program board game, can now start playing the game. Participants always receive at least one small prize every time they play and are also eligible to win a t-shirt in our weekly drawings.

We are still looking for one or two volunteers to staff a library booth for children at the Madison County Fair on Saturday, July 14 for a couple hours.

The library will be open Monday – Friday, 10 am-7 pm, and Saturday, 10 am – 1 pm. Please call the library, (315) 824-3060, during regular hours for assistance. The book drop on Broad Street is always open for your convenience. Check the library’s new webpage,, for up-to-date information about programs and special events.

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