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Antique Silver Snuff Box, Continental, German, c.1900

£245.00

Continental antique silver snuff box, German in origin.

Marked with the national mark of the reichsmark (crescent moon and crown) as well as 830S and what will be the makers mark which we can not determine.

In magnificent order and measures 70x40x18mm.

Available!

Description

Antique Silver Snuff Box

Continental antique silver snuff box, German in origin.

Marked with the national mark of the reichsmark (crescent moon and crown) as well as 830S and what will be the makers mark which we can not determine.

In magnificent order and measures 70x40x18mm.

DATEc.1900
MAKER or SPONSOR MARKUnknown
ASSAY OFFICE…..
WEIGHT (Grammes)65
WEIGHT (Troy)2.09
REF:-572X

Snuff boxes were and, indeed still are, used to store tobacco powder or snuff. The practice of snuffing (the inhalation of the tobacco powder known as snuff) began as early as the late 15th Century. At this time, tobacco use had become popular in England following the discovery of the New World. By the mid-17th Century, inhaling snuff was extremely popular and even women were partaking!

18th Century Nobility

By the early 18th Century the nobility had also started to practice the use of snuff and needed something appropriate to hold their snuff.
As a result, in the later part of the 18th Century, craftsmen began producing decorative boxes for this purpose. They used precious metals like silver and gold and other materials like ivory, horn or tortoise shell to create the boxes.

Snuff boxes came in large and small sizes. The larger boxes were for communal use at social gatherings whereas the smaller boxes were for personal use.
It was Sheffield that primarily made silver snuff boxes during the 16th Century. Likewise, Birmingham produced others during the late 17th Century. They were often decorative with views of famous buildings engraved on the lids or boxes sides.

Additional information

Origin

Continental

Period

Victoria 1837-1901

Sponsor/Maker

Unknown

REF CODE

572X

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