Gold Box Was Up to Snuff; under the Hammer

Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England), June 16, 2007 | Go to article overview

Gold Box Was Up to Snuff; under the Hammer


Byline: by Mike Litherland, Outhwaite & Litherland

AN IMMACULATE gold snuff box still in its presentation case caught my eye last Tuesday (pictured).

It was inscribed to Samuel Horrocks and dated 1811, so I decided to put my detective hat on and find out more.

Man's needs and the experiments he hasto make towards stimulating his senses artificially, doubtless stretches back into the realms of unrecorded civilisations.

Christopher Columbus first noticed American Indians snuffing an unknown powder, the substance was tobacco.

Columbus brought guantities of the powder back to Europe, where it guickly became fashionable.

Snuff became firmly enrooted as the tobacco product of choice as gradually the common man came to know the pleasures of snuff too, and snuff mills were established across England in cities such as London, Sheffield and Manchester. Retailers caught the bug as well.

Throughout the 18th and19th centuries snuff production boomed, far outstripping smoking tobacco.

During the 20th Century snuff declined considerably in popularity

Throughout history in the 18th and 19th centuries, the snuff box was more generally owned than a timepiece, sometimes two and even three were carried. …

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