General stores had tobacco cutters so they could easily cut pieces of the bulk form of the pressed tobacco leaves for customers. This one has a raised imprint on it that says "Enterprise M.F.G. Co. Philadelphia" as well as "Pat. July 25, 1871, Jan. 20, 1885." Chewing tobacco was so popular that in 1938, RJ Reynolds, manufacturer of the popular Camel cigarette, had 12 brands of smoking tobacco and 84 brands of chewing tobacco.
In fact, it was so popular that "spittoons" were placed in public areas so tobacco chewers had someplace to spit. Even some church pews were fitted with spittoons! I guess the parish didn't like having all that spit on their floors. But, smoke or spit - both seem like good habits not to develop!