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English Gold and Hardstone Snuff Box
English Gold and Hardstone Snuff Box
English Gold and Hardstone Snuff Box
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English Gold and Hardstone Snuff Box

  • This luxuriant gold and hardstone snuff box dates to the mid-18th century
  • Crafted in England, it features Rococo-style cagework
  • The hinged lid allows one easy access to the snuff stored within
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$9,850
Item No. 31-6910

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Description
This 18th-century English snuff box is composed of a beautiful dark hardstone body encased in gold casework mounts. The box opens with a hinged lid, allowing snuff stored inside to be accessed with ease. The gold mounting are intricately crafted with Rococo-style rocaille and floral motifs.

Snuff-taking was a popular habit of all classes from the 17th through 19th centuries, and the materials used to craft snuff boxes varied widely. Whereas snuff boxes for. . .
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This 18th-century English snuff box is composed of a beautiful dark hardstone body encased in gold casework mounts. The box opens with a hinged lid, allowing snuff stored inside to be accessed with ease. The gold mounting are intricately crafted with Rococo-style rocaille and floral motifs.

Snuff-taking was a popular habit of all classes from the 17th through 19th centuries, and the materials used to craft snuff boxes varied widely. Whereas snuff boxes for the middle classes were typically made from more ordinary materials such as papier-mâché, tin, wood and even potato pulp, for the upper classes there was hardly a limit to the artistry involved. This gold and hardstone box represents one of the finest examples of the period.

Mid-18th century

1 3/8" high x 1" diameter
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English Gold and Hardstone Snuff Box
Period: 18th Century
Origin: England
Type: Snuff/Tobacco Boxes
Depth: 1.0 Inches
Width: 1.0 Inches
Height: 1.38 Inches
Style: Rococo
English Gold and Hardstone Snuff Box
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