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Early Engraved Officer’s Silver Snuff Box

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This is another great piece being offered, it is an early Snuff Box, circa 1780 – 1840, It appears to be silver, or silver plated, and measures 3” x 1 1/2” x 3/4” with a hinged lid. The cover is beautifully engraved and having what appears to be “R L”. A very unique design is the curved bottom.

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 Revolutionary War soldiers, and later on, Civil War soldiers, both North and South, carried snuff in their haversacks in containers such as this one. These containers also served the dual purpose of carrying tobacco. It was well used, but still easily opens and closes. In the “Collectors Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution”, by Neumann and Kravic, there is an example of this snuff box (see pictures). Also, in "Commanders of the Civil War", there is another example of this box (see pictures).

In my book “The Civil War Soldier – His Personal Items”, I go into more detail on this product and other tobacco products. More than likely, this probably belonged to an officer, judging by the quality. It would make a great addition to a display of a Civil War or Revolutionary War soldier’s personal effects.

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