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Austrian Silver Snuff Box
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Austrian Silver Snuff Box, Antique, Vienna 1864

£295.00

Antique Austrian Silver snuff box, the marks show it is 13 loth or 812/1000 and is from Vienna, the makers mark is poorly struck and we can not determine the maker.

One very minor dink on cartouche. Centre edge of base has a very small split on seem seen only if held to light and looked at from inside out.

A good quality box which measures 80x48x16mm.

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Description

Austrian Silver Snuff Box

Antique Austrian Silver snuff box, the marks show it is 13 loth or 812/1000 and is from Vienna, the makers mark is poorly struck and we can not determine the maker.

One very minor dink on cartouche. Centre edge of base has a very small split on seem seen only if held to light and looked at from inside out.

A good quality box which measures 80x48x16mm.

DATE1864
MAKER or SPONSOR MARKUnknown
ASSAY OFFICEVienna
WEIGHT (Grammes)84
WEIGHT (Troy)2.70
REF:-573E

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 the 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

Austrian

Period

Victoria 1837-1901

Sponsor/Maker

Unknown

REF CODE

573E

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