1880's Hardwood Snuff Coffin Puzzle Box

unknown (United States, 19th Century)

1880's Hardwood Snuff Coffin Puzzle Box
2554 Lincoln Blvd # 696
Venice, CA, 90291
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1880's Hardwood Snuff Coffin Puzzle Box


This is a fantastic little puzzle box made out of antique mahogany that takes the shape of a coffin, making it also a snuff coffin. It's made in the tradition of other puzzle and snuff boxes from the late 19th Century, but this particular box is one of a kind for its unusual form and craftsmanship. It is handmade, and the artist's carving marks can be seen in the interior of the coffin. The puzzle box consists of two rotating lid pieces that are held into place by a dovetail at the end. All of its moving parts remain attached so the puzzle pieces are never lost. It is a true gem, a lovely box that at first try can be a real mystery and game to open! It makes a unique presentation box, or container for other small valuable objects, a hidden letter...a key... and potentially has infinite uses. It is in great condition with a lovely shine, it is a soft coffin puzzle box that seems to hold many stories. The idea of the puzzle box originated in Japan, and the concept was imported to America, becoming very popular in the early 20th Century. Snuff boxes like these were often used to hide secret messages or send private messages between people. In the 1880s some boxes made in the shape of a coffin became mourning objects. The box measures 4 inches long and 1.5 inches high by 1.5 inches wide. Its a truly unique item ready hold many many secrets.

WIDTH: 4 in | HEIGHT: in | DEPTH: in

Origin United States
Category Boxes
Period 19th Century
Style Americana

Shipping Estimate: $50 | FedEx

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