Snuffbox or Snuff Box Amboyna inlaid with mother of pearl and ebony - period: 19th century

19th century
French Restoration, Charles X
From: 94000, Créteil, France

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    Elegant little snuff box or pocket snuffbox, made of Ambony burl with mother of pearl and ebony inlay.

    Period : 19th century 
    Dimensions : Height : 5cm x Length : 11cm x Width : 5cm
    It was in the 16th century, at the court of Catherine de Medici, that people started to take snuff for medical reasons, to cure colds, asthma and circulatory disorders, etc...

    Then this habit became a pleasure. 
    At the beginning for people in good condition, then the practice became more democratic. 

    Breathing in a scented powder that could mask the very unpleasant odours of the streets at that time made the fashion spread throughout the kingdom and then to Europe. 

    Herbs or fine oils were added to snuff to refine its taste. 

    Women were just as enthusiastic about snuff as men. It was fashionable to change snuff boxes every day. 

    The snuffbox became a fashion accessory and an important status symbol. 
    At the end of the 19th century, snuff was gradually replaced by cigars, cigarettes and rolling tobacco.

    Specialists, including collectors (buxidanicophiles), will tell you that there are also terms for each form. 



    Condition Good
    Style French Restoration, Charles X (Tobacco, Opium of French Restoration, Charles X Style)
    Period 19th century (Tobacco, Opium 19th century)
    Country of origin France
    Length (cm) 11
    Width (cm) 5
    Height (cm) 5
    Materials Mother-of-pearl, Amboine, Ebony
    Shipping Time Ready to ship in 4-7 Business Days
    Location 94000, Créteil, France
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