Antique Victorian silver and moss agate lidded snuffbox objets de vertu

Snuffboxes - which were used for holding snuff, or scented tobacco - were practical and useful accessories for Victorian gentlemen. This brass and moss agate-lidded snuffbox is a great example of a box carried by a middle-class gentleman around the turn of the century: modest yet beautifully made. The box is fitted with two agate panels, each one a polished specimen of moss agate. Green clouds of minerals sweep and swirl through the translucent quartz, creating a lovely effect when held up to the light. The silver-tone frame has grooved detail.

Snuffboxes fall into the exciting category of "objects de vertu," which is defined by the Antique Jewelry University as "small luxury objects that are not termed jewelry in the strictest sense of the word." These small, personal objects were functional and also artfully made. Cigarette cases, snuffboxes, vinaigrettes, pill boxes, match safes, etc. all fall into this category. Today, these boxes make great keepsake boxes or travel boxes for small treasures.

Measurements: 1 5/8 x 1 1/8 x 11.5mm, 18.4 grams
Era: Turn-of-the-century
Markings: N/A

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