Wooden snuff box, Europe, 1701-1900

Made:
1701-1900 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Wooden snuff box, cylindrical, top illustrated with a print of a physician feeling the pulse of a patient

The top of this wooden snuff box shows a physician feeling the pulse of a patient, a process that is a key element of diagnosis across a number of medical traditions.

Snuff is powdered tobacco snorted or rubbed on to the gums and was well-liked for its aroma, taste and stimulating nicotine boost. It was once believed to ward off colds, be good for ear, nose and throat problems and stop snoring.

Details

Category:
Smoking
Object Number:
A642696
type:
snuff box
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • snuff container

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