1840 Victorian Snuff Box Silver Lewis and Lewis

This antique Dutch swan snuffbox was handcrafted around 1880. It was made in sterling silver and is shaped like a graceful swan. It opens from the bottom and reveals a cavernous space that someone in the Victorian age would have used to store snuff. This scented, powdered tobacco, was usually scented with roses, lavender, cloves, or jasmine and was used by dipping or inhaling.

This piece is fully hallmarked and bears the lion passant, meaning English Sterling Silver, the lion face, for London, the letter ‘F’, which is a Dutch mark for 1840, and a sword mark which is a Dutch hallmark dated between 1814 and 1905. It also bears the mark, ‘P’. This piece was imported into England and marked, ‘LL’ for Lewis & Lewis, London 1890. It measures 41 mm tall 26 mm wide x 44.5 mm long and weighs 17.3g.

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Item ID: BX1116224V

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