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Snuff Box,Paper Mache Snuff Box Collectible, Lacquer, Birmingham, England, 1800s

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Antique Victorian Paper Mache Snuff Box Collectible, Lacquer, England, 1800s.

Inhaling snuff, or snuffing, as it is also called, was first witnessed by a European in 1493, when Friar Ramón Pane, who had arrived in the new world courtesy of Christopher Columbus, was living as a missionary among Haiti’s indigenous Taino. Until then, tobacco had been unknown to Europeans, but the use of tobacco spread like a weed on the continent during the 1500s. By the second half of the 17th century, ornate boxes were being produced to keep the precious powder dry.

Interestingly, Birmingham England was also a center for papier-mâché snuff boxes, which were hardened with multiple layers of enamel. Sensing a market for these inexpensive boxes in the United States, Birmingham box makers were soon decorating their wares with portraits of U.S. naval heroes and victory scenes from the War of 1812, often using engravings by such renowned American artists as Gilbert Stuart as their primary source material.

This particular box I am not positive what the art is depicting. It looks similar to some Charles Dickens, Pickwick Club illustrations. There is a child and a older boy with a paper boat hat with a feather talking to an older boy. Some of the art has worn off but what is there is very fine and detailed and can be seen better with a magnifying glass.

Box is in good antique condition. There is one chip in the bottom half edge. There are two notches one in top lid and one in the bottom lid. It was put there by the owner so the lid could be turned to align the two notches to create a small hole so the snuff could be sprinkled out without open the lid.

Box measures 3 inches round, 3/4 inches deep.

If you are interested in this item and located outside the U.S. please message me and I will give you shipping estimate. I also can do discounted combined shipping if you buy more than one item. Just message and I will do a reserved listing and combine shipping charges. Thanks for shopping!
Antique Victorian Paper Mache Snuff Box Collectible, Lacquer, England, 1800s.

Inhaling snuff, or snuffing, as it is also called, was first witnessed by a European in 1493, when Friar Ramón Pane, who had arrived in the new world courtesy of Christopher Columbus, was living as a missionary among Haiti’s indigenous Taino. Until then, tobacco had been unknown to Europeans, but the use of tobacco spread like a weed on the continent during the 1500s. By the second half of the 17th century, ornate boxes were being produced to keep the precious powder dry.

Interestingly, Birmingham England was also a center for papier-mâché snuff boxes, which were hardened with multiple layers of enamel. Sensing a market for these inexpensive boxes in the United States, Birmingham box makers were soon decorating their wares with portraits of U.S. naval heroes and victory scenes from the War of 1812, often using engravings by such renowned American artists as Gilbert Stuart as their primary source material.

This particular box I am not positive what the art is depicting. It looks similar to some Charles Dickens, Pickwick Club illustrations. There is a child and a older boy with a paper boat hat with a feather talking to an older boy. Some of the art has worn off but what is there is very fine and detailed and can be seen better with a magnifying glass.

Box is in good antique condition. There is one chip in the bottom half edge. There are two notches one in top lid and one in the bottom lid. It was put there by the owner so the lid could be turned to align the two notches to create a small hole so the snuff could be sprinkled out without open the lid.

Box measures 3 inches round, 3/4 inches deep.

If you are interested in this item and located outside the U.S. please message me and I will give you shipping estimate. I also can do discounted combined shipping if you buy more than one item. Just message and I will do a reserved listing and combine shipping charges. Thanks for shopping!

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Reviewed by tumblefishstudio
5 out of 5 stars
Jul 9, 2018
very lovely and just perfect for my little house. Thank you!
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5 out of 5 stars
Jun 24, 2018
Wonderful purchase, great communication! You won’t regret working with this seller! She is wonderful. 😉
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SmallFavorites uses USPS in most cases. Our shipping charges are based on what they charge. Some items are shipped Priority and some First Class. More expensive items are usually insured. If you are interested in an item and want to make sure it will be insured you may want to message me before purchasing it so I can adjust the postage if necessary.

We usually ship within three days of purchase.

For expedited shipping please message before purchasing and we will find out what it will cost and make a reserved listing for you with the shipping adjusted.

Once shipped we will send notification with tracking number if applicable.

For international shipping please message us with your country and postal zip code and we will give you a shipping quote. Once you agree on terms we will make a reserved listing for you. Customs forms will be filled out and item shipped. Tracking numbers will be provided.

If you are located outside of the U.S. and have any questions or requests that will make your shopping experience better please feel free to message us and we will provide any necessary information you need.

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Snuff Box,Paper Mache Snuff Box Collectible, Lacquer, Birmingham, England, 1800s

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  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: lacquer, paper mache
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