Snuff Box Materials

When the casual antiquer thinks snuff box, he or she probably thinks about elaborate gold and enameled boxes or intricately carved Chinese jade boxes.  The reality is that most snuff boxes you will find on the market today are relatively tame.  Silver is often used and the decoration is usually limited to etched scene.  Since the 1650s goldsmiths and artisans have made snuff boxes out of basically whatever was available.  We specifically detail and discuss snuff boxes made out of:

GoldSilverPorcelainHornTortoise ShellWoodMother of PearlIvoryJade

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