Snuff Boxes – Information and History

Snuff Boxes – Information and History.

In eighteenth-century Europe, Paris led the production of high-quality luxury goods. Parisian goldsmiths made a wide range of small, personal articles such as snuff boxes; étuis to hold sealing wax, tweezers, or utensils for sewing; souvenirs, which contained thin ivory tablets for note taking; and shuttles for knotting lace. Gold snuff boxes and boxes decorated with portrait miniatures were prized and frequently given as royal gifts, often to ambassadors or members of the court in lieu of cash payments for their services. Coveted and admired, these boxes were produced from a variety of materials. The best were skillfully made of gold and embellished with diamonds, enameled decoration, lacquer, and other luxurious materials. By the middle of the century, the taking of snuff had become an entrenched social ritual, and the snuff box, too, had become an important social prop. Snuff boxes were considered highly fashionable accessories, with some merchants advertising new boxes with each change of season. The popularity of snuff boxes extended to all levels of society, and for those who could not afford gold, boxes were produced in less expensive materials such as silver, tortoiseshell, porcelain, or domestically produced lacquer.

Antique Hand Varved Dutch Shoe Snuff Box with brass fitted hinged lid c 1900

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Antique Snuff Box Paper Mache Hand Painted Portrait of a Boy and goats

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Antique English Snuff Box Coffin Shaped 19th Century

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Antique 18th C - BATTERSEA ENAMELED - TABLE TOP SNUFF BOX w/ NUDE

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ANTIQUE DECORATED LIDDED SNUFF BOX

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Mayan Sterling Silver Pill Snuff Hash Box Mid Century Mexico Exquisite

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antique 18th century sterling & carved horn hinged lid snuff pill box

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Antique Metal Snuff Box 2' X 1 3/8" Very Cool!

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MUSEUM QUALITY ANTIQUE ROCOCCO 1770's FRENCH PAINTED SNUFF BOX

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