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.

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Antique English Sterling Silver Art Nouveau Pill or Snuff Box Birmingham 1906

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Antique French Cloisonne Snuff Box with Fine Details

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Vintage Antique Style Brass Tobacco Snuff or Pill Box Ring Square Container Box

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Guilloche Enamel Pill Snuff Box Container Sterling Silver 925 Vintage 51.4 Grams

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Antique Etched Sterling Silver Snuff Box Italy

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ANTIQUE c1780 SNUFF BOX PAINTED TAVERN SCENE DRUNK MAN PASSED OUT SMOKEPIPE vafo

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