Georgian Snuff Box of Ivory, Tortoise Shell and Hoof with Flowers

(Great Britain, 19th Century)

Georgian Snuff Box of Ivory, Tortoise Shell and Hoof with Flowers
2554 Lincoln Blvd # 696
Venice, CA, 90291
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Georgian Snuff Box of Ivory, Tortoise Shell and Hoof with Flowers

A beautiful tortoise shell, ivory and hoof snuff box with a three flower bouquet on top. The base is made of one piece of horn, hand carved and shaped into a snuff box. The hinges are made out of horn, and the entire box is made of only two pieces of this organic material. Gold wire was used to create the inlay stem of the flower detail and silver was used to make the petals of the flowers. The tortoise shell piece that is on the top lid is a slightly curved and raised rhombus shape, which is extra luminous as it catches the light. It is set over a soft white aged ivory piece, set into the horn material. The edges of the rectangular box are slightly curved. The snuff box makes a nice sized box for pills or other tiny items, and can be used also for its original purpose, to carry snuff, or tobacco. The box measures 2- 3/4 x 1 -1/4 x 3/4 inch high. Opens and closes perfectly, no nicks to the organic material or horn or shell, but one of the small silver petals made of inlay is missing from a flower on the lid. This missing piece does not detract from the beauty of this box. Popular during the Georgian and Victorian eras, snuff boxes were a thing of beauty and function, indicating social status and intimate personal property. The tortoise shell and horn were especially popular in England and the special snuff boxes were carried around in the shirt pocket, a valuable portable item to keep close and on hand at all times.


Origin Great Britain
Category Antiquities
Period 19th Century
Style Georgian

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