19th Century Sailor Snuffbox

19th Century Sailor Snuffbox

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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.

Dimensions

W3.0 x H17.0 x D7.0 cm

Condition

Used

Wear condition

Excellent

Date of manufacture

Unknown

Place of origin

France

Material

Wood

Period

19th Century

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VAT status

Seller is VAT registered

SKU

14537713
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