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Tripartite snuff box


Origin: Probably England

Date: Mid 18th or 19th century

7.7 cm greatest diameter; 2.5 cm height; 134 g weight

Provenance: (Possibly) Anon. (R. M.Wood), sale, Christie's, 28 May 1919, lot 87, to Crichton

Bequeathed by W.F. Farrer, 1946; WA1946.193

T. Schroder (2009), no. 202

Information derived from T. Schroder, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean (2009)

Snuff: Snuff is finely ground tobacco mixed with scents. Spanish royalty introduced the habit to England. The taking of snuff replaced smoking by the early eighteenth century when the damaging effects of smoking became more and more apparent. By 1720, the production of silver tobacco boxes had virtually ceased and the gold snuff box was rising in popularity.

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