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Civil War Brass Snuff Container, as in Gettysburg Museum

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This is another nice item being offered, it is a Civil War era brass snuff container, circa 1840’s – 1860’s. It is made of solid brass with a soldered hinged lid. It is oval shaped and measures 3 ½” x 2 ½” x 1 ¼”. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries snuff production boomed, far outstripping smoking tobacco (or its US sibling, chewing tobacco). And it was even recommended by doctors as a general cure-all, particularly effective in the treatment of coughs, colds and headaches.

Many Civil War soldiers, both North and South, carried snuff in their haversacks in containers such as this one. It is in beautiful condition with a great original patina on the brass. In my recent book “The Civil War Soldier – His Personal Items”, I go into more detail on this product and have a similar example shown (see pictures). There is also an example which was displayed in Lee's Headquarters Museum in Gettysburg (see pictures). It would make a great addition to a display of Civil War soldier’s personal effects.

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