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Continental Silver Snuff Box
Continental Silver Snuff Box Continental Silver Snuff Box Continental Silver Snuff Box Continental Silver Snuff Box Continental Silver Snuff Box Continental Silver Snuff Box Continental Silver Snuff Box Continental Silver Snuff Box Continental Silver Snuff Box Continental Silver Snuff Box Continental Silver Snuff Box Continental Silver Snuff Box

Continental Silver Snuff Box, Antique, Gilt, c.1883

£295.00

Antique continental silver snuff box, going by the inscription alone it dates to 1883 but may well have been made before this.

Marked 800 as well as one other symbol that as yet we have been unable to identify.

Inscription to lid’s cartouche.

A super clean box retaining its gilt interior, condition is excellent with just one pinhead sized minor dink on lid and one on base (very very minimal).

Measures 83x47x15mm.

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Description

Continental Silver Snuff Box

Antique continental silver snuff box, going by the inscription alone it dates to 1883 but may well have been made before this.

Marked 800 as well as one other symbol that as yet we have been unable to identify.

Inscription to lid’s cartouche.

A super clean box retaining its gilt interior, condition is excellent with just one pinhead sized minor dink on lid and one on base (very very minimal).

Measures 83x47x15mm.

DATEc.1883
MAKER or SPONSOR MARKUnknown
ASSAY OFFICE….
WEIGHT (Grammes)73
WEIGHT (Troy)2.34
REF:-573A

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

Continental

Period

Victoria 1837-1901

Sponsor/Maker

Unknown

REF CODE

573A

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