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19th-Century Swiss Gold Snuff box

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Item Details

  • Width:
    2 3/8 Inches
  • Height:
    5/8 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
A delightful 18K gold snuff box of Swiss origin created by a goldsmith of the Bautte and Moynier (Bautte et Moynier) of Geneva. Hand-chased floral motif of impeccable precision and beauty, this elegant early 19th-century snuff is of pristine condition and quality. This snuff is stamped with the makers mark "OB," the town mark "G" and the 18K gold mark. Circa 1830

2 3/8" wide x 3 1/2" length x 5 /8" high

The taking of snuff was a highly regarded social ritual among the European elite, which resulted in the fine art of snuff box manufacturing. These elegant and diminutive little boxes were created and designed using the finest materials. Innovative craftsmen produced containers in every shape and size. They were among a gentleman's most expensive and elegant personal effects, and soon became collector's items. Wealthy and fashionable men would have a fair number of them and often offered them as gifts. The finer examples such as this are rarely seen and are most desirable.

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Price: $14,500
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