19th Century Tagua Nut Snuffbox

19th Century Tagua Nut Snuffbox

£1,050.00
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About this item

Finely sculpted tagua nut snuffbox featuring on one side a big basket of flowers and a watering can with bucolic ornaments on the other side.

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.

Dimensions

W4.0 x H7.5 x D3.0 cm

Condition

Used

Wear condition

Excellent

Date of manufacture

Unknown

Place of origin

France

Material

Nut

Period

19th Century

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VAT status

Seller is VAT registered

SKU

89477539
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