Wooden shoe-shaped snuff box, England, 1801-1830

Made:
1801-1830 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Foreground: A637590, Wooden snuff box, in the form of a shoe, sliding lid in top, decorated with small brass studs,
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Wooden snuff box in shape of shoe, sliding lid in top, decorated with brass pins, probably English, 1801-1830

Snuff boxes exist in a huge variety of designs, often mimicking the shapes of other objects. Women’s shoes seem to be a particular favourite. This may hint that the boxes were owned by women. Taking snuff was a popular habit of both men and women.

Snuff is finely powdered tobacco which was snorted or rubbed on to the gums and well-liked for its aroma, taste and stimulating nicotine boost. It was also believed to ward off colds, be good for ear, nose and throat problems and stop snoring. (Shown here with two similar examples, A39529 and A637590).

Details

Category:
Smoking
Object Number:
A637480
type:
snuff box
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • snuff container
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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