Late 18th century miniature painted on Ivory

tortoise shell inside

Did some proud father tuck this in his

pocket to carry his snuff…?

It was during the 18th century when snuff taking rose in popularity and came into widespread use throughout the world and throughout the social classes. The sound of sneezing was common in many a European snuff parlor and snuff boxes became the latest fashion accessory.

Snuffboxes in the 18th century were highly decorated, often made of precious metals and emblazened with jewels. This latest fashion accessory was often changed every day to match the costumes of their owners and would be exchanged as gifts offered as diplomatic or military presents.

Snuff in the 18th century

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Steel and tortoise shell

c. 1780

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Early 19th century snuff box

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