19th Century Corozo Nut Snuffbox

19th Century Corozo Nut Snuffbox

£1,590.00
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About this item

Beautiful tagua nut carved snuffbox decorated by flowery embellishments and featuring an angel standing next to a little heart on the lid.

The "palm ivory" from the Amazon rainforest bear fruit whose pulpit inner (endosperm) becomes very hard when dry and texture very similar to ivory. It is this which is called vegetable ivory or tagua. The tagua nut carves, turns, polishes easily and almost as finely as ivory. The tagua nut was worked by the sailors who made ​​such small boxes, snuff graters or tobacco also made ​​by convicts. The latter worked to pass the time but mainly to get some money to improve their lives. Can also be attributed to sailors during their long journeys. 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.

Dimensions

W5.0 x H8.0 x D4.0 cm

Condition

Used

Wear condition

Good

Date of manufacture

Unknown

Place of origin

France

Period

19th Century

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Seller is VAT registered

SKU

59802932
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