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Sterling Boxes: Snuff Boxes

Snuff Boxes

Snuff boxes were the symbol of class and social grace back in the day. It’s no wonder these antique pieces have become incredibly popular among collectors. These ornate boxes did have a practical use: people needed a place to store their tobacco. Pipes, cigarettes, and cigars have gained popularity in modern times, but prior to that, people would snuff tobacco. This addictive habit quickly become a social ritual that European elites greatly enjoyed. Antique snuff boxes needed to be fashionable to showcase the user’s elevated status. Purchase a snuff box for your antique collection from Nelson and Nelson Antiques. Visit our New York City store or browse online to view our amazing selection of snuff boxes.

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European Japonesque Silver Spice Box in Form of Articulated Fish

European silver fish-form spice box, 19th century. Hinged head and lower mouth, and faceted red eyes. Articulated and scalloped wide body, and hinged fins and tail. Loose-mounted ring. Unmarked. Very good condition with deep patina.

Overall dimensions: H 1 5/8 x L 3 1/8 x D 1 7/8 in. #BS513

Sale Price: $665.00
Listed Price $950.00
Antique English Victorian Snuff Box with Music Teacher Presentation

Victorian Classical sterling silver snuff box. Made by Frederick Marson in Birmingham in 1860. Rectangular with concave sides, curved corners, flat and hinged cover, and curvilinear rims. Densely engraved and shaded leafing scrollwork. On cover top is scrolled cartouche engraved: “Presented to / Mr A. Christie, / as a mark of respect and esteem / by the pupils of / his sacred music class. / Urquhart, 8th March, 1862”. Fully marked. Very good condition.

Dimensions: H 3/4 x W 3 1/8 x D 2 1/8... Click for details

Sale Price: $595.00
Listed Price $850.00