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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Nathaniel Mills Sterling Silver Snuff Box Birmingham 1835 - Masonic Interest

Nathaniel Mills Sterling Silver Snuff Box Birmingham 1835 - Masonic Interest

A very fine Nathaniel Mills sterling silver snuff box with a Masonic dedication. For more antique silverware please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£425.00

Cowrie Shell Snuff Box c1820

Cowrie Shell Snuff Box c1820

A very fine Cowrie shell snuff box from c1820 in excellent condition. For more antique silverware please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£290.00

Scottish Horn and Provincial Sterling Silver Snuff Mull  c1820

Scottish Horn and Provincial Sterling Silver Snuff Mull c1820

A very fine Scottish horn and silver snuff mull from c1820. For more antique silverware, including a wide range of sterling silver snuff boxes, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£575.00

Asprey Sterling Silver Box of Motoring Interest London 1961

Asprey Sterling Silver Box of Motoring Interest London 1961

A very fine Asprey sterling silver cigarettebox from 1961 in excellent condition. For more antique silverware please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£450.00

Early 19th Century Scottish Silver Cowrie Shell Snuff Box Edinburgh c1823

Early 19th Century Scottish Silver Cowrie Shell Snuff Box Edinburgh c1823

A very fine 19th century Scottish silver cowrie shell snuff box made in Edinburgh c1823. For more antique silverware, including a wide range of decorative silver, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£425.00

19th Century Scottish Silver Mounted Cowrie Shell Snuff Box

19th Century Scottish Silver Mounted Cowrie Shell Snuff Box

A very fine 19th century silver mounted cowrie shell snuff box from c1825 in good condition. For more antique silverware, including a wide range of decorative silver, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£425.00

George Unite Sterling Silver Cheroot or Cigar Case Birmingham 1885

George Unite Sterling Silver Cheroot or Cigar Case Birmingham 1885

A very fine George Unite silver cigar case made in Birmingham in 1865 in excellent condition. For more antique silverware, including a wide range of sterling silver tableware, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£625.00

Sterling Silver Table Snuff Box Charles Hougham London 1792

Sterling Silver Table Snuff Box Charles Hougham London 1792

A very fine sterling silver table snuff box made in London in 1792 in excellent condition. For more antique silverware, including a wide range of sterling silver tableware, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£1,750.00

George Unite Sterling Silver Snuff Box Birmingham 1871

George Unite Sterling Silver Snuff Box Birmingham 1871

A very fine George Unite sterling silver snuff box made in Birmingham in 1871 in excellent condition. For more antique silverware, including a wide range of decorative silverware, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£195.00

Georgian Cowrie Shell Snuff Box c1820

Georgian Cowrie Shell Snuff Box c1820

Georgian Cowrie Shell Snuff Box c1820

£210.00

Edward Smith Sterling Silver Snuff Box Birmingham 1838

Edward Smith Sterling Silver Snuff Box Birmingham 1838

A very fine Edward Smith snuff box made in Birmingham in 1838 in excellent condition. For more antique silverware, including a wide range of decorative silver, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£325.00

Nathaniel Mills Sterling SIlver Snuff Box Birmingham 1843

Nathaniel Mills Sterling SIlver Snuff Box Birmingham 1843

A very fine Nathaniel Mills snuff box made in Birmingham in 1843 in excellent condition. For more antique silverware, including a wide range of decorative silver, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£425.00

Edward Smith Sterling Silver Snuff Box Birmingham 1828

Edward Smith Sterling Silver Snuff Box Birmingham 1828

A very fine sterling silver snuff box made in Birmingham in 1828 in excellent condition. For more antique silverware please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£575.00

A Nathaniel Mills Sterling Silver Card Case Birmingham 1840

A Nathaniel Mills Sterling Silver Card Case Birmingham 1840

A Nathaniel Mills Sterling Silver Card Case. One of the most highly regarded box makers of all time.

£550.00

Sterling Silver-Gilt Table Snuff Box London 1821

Sterling Silver-Gilt Table Snuff Box London 1821

A very fine sterling silver snuff box made in London in 1821 in excellent condition. For more antique silverware, including a wide range of antique decorative silver, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£695.00

Tudric Pewter for Liberty Cigarette or Cigar Box c1910

Tudric Pewter for Liberty Cigarette or Cigar Box c1910

A very fine Tudric pewter cigar box from c1910 in excellent condition. For more antique pewter, including a wide range of Liberty pewter, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£650.00

A 15ct Gold and Amber Cheroot Holder By Willam Demuth Of New York c1880

A 15ct Gold and Amber Cheroot Holder By Willam Demuth Of New York c1880

A 15ct Gold and Amber Cheroot Holder By Willam Demuth Of New York

£325.00

A Liberty Tudric Patinated Pewter Cigar or Cigarette Box c1910

A Liberty Tudric Patinated Pewter Cigar or Cigarette Box c1910

A Liberty Tudric Patinated Pewter Cigar or Cigarette Box c1910

£675.00

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