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19th Century Table Snuffbox

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Mahogany wood carved snuffbox featuring a retriever on one side and a gun barrel on the other. The tobacco was placed on the little box underneath. This object belonged to the "Argiles" collection. 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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  • Date of Manufacture
    19th Century
  • Dimensions
    H 8.12 in. x W 2.37 in. x D 2.37 in.H 20.6 cm x W 6 cm x D 6 cm
  • Seller Location
    Paris, FR
  • Reference Number
    LU101943768442
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