19th Century "Scrooge" Horn Snuffbox

19th Century "Scrooge" Horn Snuffbox

£2,200.00
Service fee
Info icon
£66
Delivery fee for 
£35.00*
*This is an estimated delivery price

For this location please request a delivery quote from the seller

Delivering from
Paris, France
Collection
Collection available ✓

The above information is an estimate only, and is based upon front-door delivery. Final rates vary by destination and complexity. To get an accurate delivery quote suited to your needs, please request a quote

About this item

Beautifully engraved Horn snuffbox with a double opening: a big main lid that opens the box entirely for the owner's consumption and a smaller one with two holes of a finger's size that was meant to control the portion delivered to someone asking for tobacco, explaining the "scrooge" naming.

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 snuffboxes.

Dimensions

W2.0 x H10.3 x D6.3 cm

Condition

Used

Wear condition

Good

Date of manufacture

Unknown

Place of origin

France

Material

Horn

Period

19th Century

Seller

VAT status

Seller is VAT registered

SKU

84788144
Icon shield blue
Choose from over 1,700 Vinterior trusted dealers
Icon padlock blue
100% secure payment by card or using your device

Payment methods supported by Vinterior

Icon tick blue
Direct communication with dealers and customer service