Swiss Gold Musical Snuff Box

  • Musical snuff boxes such as this one were called carillons à musique
  • It is chased and engraved with elaborate swirls of ornate foliage
  • The taking of snuff was a highly regarded social ritual among the European elite
  • 19th century gold music boxes were highly desired objects of status.
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Item No. 29-9549

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This special and important Swiss gold music box is chased and engraved with a set of musical instruments surrounded by elaborate swirls of ornate foliage. Embossed with a delightful braided gold design, the two-compartment box features an exquisite oval agate key, which opens a recessed lock in the base of the box.  Such a box would have been a prized possession and would have been able to fit neatly into a gentleman’s waistcoat pocket.

Ingenious miniature portable devices, musical snuff boxes such as this one were called carillons à musique.   Highly desired objects of status and crafted primarily in Switzerland, they influenced the development and popularity of all music box production in the 19th century.  

Circa 1820

 3 1/4" wide x 2" deep x 7/8" high
Embossed with a delightful braided gold design, the two-compartment box features an oval agate key
Period: 19th Century
Origin: Switzerland
Type: Snuff/Tobacco Boxes
Depth: 2.0 Inches
Width: 3.25 Inches
Height: 0.88 Inches
Style: Neoclassical

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