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Beautiful little carved boxwood snuffbox, featuring a horse with a very soft polish and precisely engraved details all-over the back and the saddle, that acts as a lid. 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. By 1740, specialized artisans took over the production of these ornate tabatie`res.

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  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    19th Century
  • Dimensions
    H 2.37 in. x W 4.34 in. x D 1.97 in.H 6 cm x W 11 cm x D 5 cm
  • Seller Location
    Paris, FR
  • Seller Reference Number
    tabatiere cheval
  • Reference Number
    LU101943768482
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