Georgian Tortoise Shell and Horn Snuff Box

(Great Britain, 19th Century)

Georgian Tortoise Shell and Horn Snuff Box
2554 Lincoln Blvd # 696
Venice, CA, 90291
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Georgian Tortoise Shell and Horn Snuff Box

A fantastic small tortoise shell snuff box made from shell and horn. The box measures 2-3/4 x 1-3/4 x 1/2 inches. It is exquisitely constructed out of two pieces of horn. It has been hand-carved and shaped into a rectangular box with soft curved edges. The hinges are made out of horn, and the base was carved out of a single piece of the same material. The tortoise shell piece that is the top lid is backed by the horn material that is a dark color, thereby creating the darker tones of the amber shell layer. The colors are deep and bold, dark browns contrast nicely against the bold yellow from the tortoise shell. The box opens and closes tightly, which is quite rare for a snuff box of this age. There are no nicks to the organic material on horn or shell. 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 materials 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. May be used for its original purpose, or as a pill box, or for safe-keeping small personal items such as jewelry.


Origin Great Britain
Category Boxes
Period 19th Century
Style Georgian

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