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Cigar and Cigarette Boxes, Snuff Boxes, Tobacconalia

Silver cigar and cigarette boxes remain the height of sophostication for the smoker and the Tobacconalia collector. Although intended for smoking these do make excellent decorative objects. The use of snuff has has declined since the late 19th century, however, decorative snuff boxes are widely collected and many are still used as pill boxes and for travel mints, sweeteners and even ring boxes to name but a few.

One unusual and often overlooked facet of antique bottle collecting is that of snuff containers. Almost always regarded as being dispensed solely from the ubiquitous ‘snuff boxes’ of silver, horn, pewter and the like, the Bohemians of the early 19th century in particular made some striking little glass bottles to complement their habit. There are some colourful – gaudy almost – examples, in dark amber, bright orange and lime green, with gilt metal stoppers which feature attached ‘tweezers’ to extract the snuff from within.

There are also exquisite examples from China, made from carved agate, rock crystal, porcelain and cut glass, some very fine Victorian English pieces made from cased lead crystal; Venetian examples which exhibit all the decorative talent that you would expect from the environs of the lagoon, equally ornate Bavarian pieces – and even some made in good old Bristol blue glass, complete with the obligatory gilt decoration.


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Victorian Sterling Silver Vesta Case Birmingham 1888

Victorian Sterling Silver Vesta Case Birmingham 1888

I keep one in my fishing tackle box for lighting my pipe. Never fails to keep the m,atches dry and it even floats !

£65.00

Victorian Silver Gilt Trinket Box  William Hutton London 1899

Victorian Silver Gilt Trinket Box William Hutton London 1899

The silver gilt is in excellent condition. The gold layer is in very good condition , the silver is not showing through on the high relief repousse

£380.00

Amber Bernard Perrot Perfume Bottle c1690

Amber Bernard Perrot Perfume Bottle c1690

Eric Knowles Comments: This is the first example that I have held that is completely intact in over 40 years. Bernardo Perroto was an Altare glassmaker who relocated to Orleans France

£1,475.00

Bernard Perrot Perfume c1690

Bernard Perrot Perfume c1690

BernardoPerroto was an Altare glassmaker who relocated to Orleans France In 1671 he successfully petitioned the Duc d Orleans for a monopoly in glassmaking. This meant that he was the only glassmaker allowed to operate on the banks of the Loire whilst

£800.00

Edwardian Silver Cigar Box by William Comyn & Sons London 1902

Edwardian Silver Cigar Box by William Comyn & Sons London 1902

Edwardian silver cigar box by William Comyns London 1902

£650.00

Early Nineteenth Century Silver Mounted Scottish Snuff Mull

Early Nineteenth Century Silver Mounted Scottish Snuff Mull

Early nineteenth century silver mounted Scottish snuff mull An early nineteenth century Scottish snuff mull formed from horn with silver mounts in the form of a thistle. The cork lined lid carries a cartouche with the initials DH whilst the rim is engr

£270.00

French Repousse Silver Lozenge Shaped Pill/Snuff Box c1890

French Repousse Silver Lozenge Shaped Pill/Snuff Box c1890

French repousse silver lozenge shaped pill/snuff Box c1890

£160.00

German Silver Snuff Box With Courting Couple  c1860

German Silver Snuff Box With Courting Couple c1860

German silver snuff box with courting couple scene c1860

£260.00

A Rare Copper Lidded Signed Art Nouveau WMF Glass Cigar Box c1920

A Rare Copper Lidded Signed Art Nouveau WMF Glass Cigar Box c1920

A signed art nouveau WMF copper lidded glass cigar box from c1920. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£345.00

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