19th Century Sailor Snuffbox For Sale
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19th Century Sailor Snuffbox


Wooden snuffbox shaped as a fish with eyes and tooth sculpted in bone. It must have belonged to a sailor. This is a typical Folk Art piece of work. Inhaling snuff, or snuffing, as it is also called, was first witnessed by a European missionary in 1493, in the new world of Christopher Columbus, among Haiti’s indigenous Taino. Until then, tobacco had been unknown to Europeans, but its use spread like a weed on the continent during the 1500s. By the second half of the 17th century, ornate boxes started being produced to keep the precious powder dry.


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    H 6.7 in. x W 1.19 in. x D 2.76 in.H 17 cm x W 3 cm x D 7 cm
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    Paris, FR
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