Sunday, October 11, 2015

Coffin Shaped Snuff Boxes

Snuff boxes were and are a big part of the use of snuff.  During 17th, 18th, and 19th Centuries a snuff-taker would spend a pretty penny on acquiring a snuff box or boxes that would represent their social standing.  When you met new people or greeted old friends, you would bring forth your snuff box and offer a pinch of snuff.  This was an ice-breaker, a way of bonding, an important part of social interaction.

For the modern snuff-taker, a snuff box represents in a very practical way, a method of carrying your snuff.  But modern snuff-takers still take great pride in owning unique and amazing snuff boxes.  Many people collect vintage snuff boxes, and the more beautiful and unique -- the better.

Snuff-boxes were often made in odd shapes, and one of the shapes that seems the most macabre, is the coffin shape.  On the Modern Snuff website, we've collected 18 photos of coffin shaped snuff boxes.  CLICK HERE to look through them.

Mark Stinson
Modern Snuff Website

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