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Snuff Box

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T1821
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1800 - 1900


This 18th or early 19th century snuff box is carved from coquilla nut which comes from the Brazilian Palm tree, 'Attalea Funifera'. The body is made out of a complete nut with smaller pieces attached for the head and feet. Coquillas make ideal snuff containers as their natural oiliness prevent the contents from drying out. It was probably carved in Germany or the Netherlands.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Carved and inlayed.
Place of Origin:Germany / Holland


Height:8.4 cm
Width:4.8 cm
Depth:3 cm