19th Century Horn Snuffbox
Beautifully engraved horn snuffbox, featuring a little heart surrounded by embellished flowers and leaves. The sides are decorated with a dove, symbol of purity and peace. The hinge and setting are made of brass. 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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