The Lesley and Emma Sheafer Collection, Bequest of Emma A. Sheafer, 1973
Not on view
The use of snuff became very fashionable in Europe during the eighteenth century. The affluent snuff-taker owned numerous boxes in which to store a small amount of the finely ground and often scented tobacco. The box was to fit comfortably in one’s hand. These luxury accessories always had a hinged lid and frequently also airtight bezels or lips so that the snuff stayed fresh.
Marking:  crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains de remède, rest indecipherable (maker's mark)  foot (Paris charge mark for gold and small silver, 1738–44)  crowned indecipherable letter (Paris warden's mark)  fox head (Paris discharge mark for gold and small silver, 1738–44)
Location of marks: – inside cover, bottom, front wall, front edge of bezel  on bezel and at one end
Lesley and Emma Sheafer , New York (until 1974; bequeathed to MMA)