Swiss Tri-Colored Gold Snuff Box
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3 5/8 Inches
2 3/8 Inches
A stunning tri-colored gold Swiss snuff box boasting highly intricate chasing and engraving. The entire boarder of this box is adorned in floral swags of gold, green and rose gold, with the top and bottom fields meticulously chased with a diamond pattern. This snuff box is a most exquisite and rare objet d'art. Circa 1820 3 5/8" wide x 2 3/8" deep x 5/8" high The taking of snuff was a highly regarded social ritual among the European elite. Snuff box manufacturers were regarded as artists, creating and designing these elegant little boxes using fine metals, gems and other luxurious materials. 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. Also known as "tabatiéres," antique snuff boxes have become some of the most wanted collectibles in recent years, with the ability to top seven-figures at auction.