Snuff boxes are small, decorative containers used to store and carry powdered tobacco, known as snuff. The use of snuff dates back to the 16th century, and the popularity of snuff boxes grew along with the popularity of snuff itself.

Some of the European countries where snuff-taking was popular include:

•    France: Snuff-taking was particularly popular in France during the 18th century. The French royal court was known for its elaborate snuff boxes and the habit was popular among the French aristocracy.

•    England: Snuff-taking was introduced to England in the 17th century and quickly became popular among the upper classes. Many English gentlemen carried snuff boxes and the habit was seen as a sign of good manners and social status.

•    Germany: Snuff-taking was popular in Germany during the 18th and 19th centuries, particularly among the aristocracy.

•    Spain: Snuff-taking more...

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Fine Russian silver & enamel snuff box, marked 88 zolotniki,…

Russian Enamel Snuff Box, 20th Century

Fine Russian silver & enamel snuff box, marked 88 zolotniki, Moscow, 1908-1926, maker ??, of circular form with an inset hinged top cover, finely decorated in filigree and polychrome enamels, in predominant brown, blue, green and pink tones on a black and…

A Russian silver snuff box with engraved city scene top with…

Russian Silver Snuff Box with Engraved City Scene

A Russian silver snuff box with engraved city scene top with remains of niello decoration, Moscow, circa 1840, 10 cm wide, 97 grams

Russian silver snuff box having an oval form with cloisonne…

Russian Cloisonne Enamel Silver Snuff Box

Russian silver snuff box having an oval form with cloisonne enamel work and gilt interior. With late Moscow Kokoshnik mark after 1908. 84Mark. Work master not identifiable. 75.4 grams.

Russian silver and niello snuff box and cover, of deep…

Russian Silver Niello Snuff Box with Floral Decoration

Russian silver and niello snuff box and cover, of deep rectangular form, decorated with a lattice of flower heads and fret work, makers marks to interior, total weight 77gm, length 7.5 cm

19th century Russian silver & niello silver snuff box with…

Russian Silver Niello Snuff Box with Cartographic Lid

19th century Russian silver & niello silver snuff box with cartographic lid with detailed map of Vologda province. Attributed to Foedor Bushkovskii, Velikiy Ustyug, mark rubbed. The map notated with distances between major centres, sides with gilt washed…

A Russian niello silver snuff box, probably Alexander Afanasiev,…

Russian Niello Silver Snuff Box, Moscow, 1880s

A Russian niello silver snuff box, probably Alexander Afanasiev, Moscow, circa 1880S, the small rectangular box with rounded corners, the whole covered in repeating geometric motifs in niello, enclosing a gilt wash interior. Marked Aa, along with 84. 2.3…

19th century Russian silver niello snuff box marked from 1861…

Russian Silver Niello Snuff Box, 1861

19th century Russian silver niello snuff box marked from 1861 standard 84 mark, St Petersburg, makers mark EC. Depicting town scene to lid and scroll work to side and bottom with a plain cartouche for engraving, length 6.2 cm, weight 59 grams

A Russian silver & niello Topographical snuff box, 19th century.…

Russian Topographical Snuff Box, 19th Century

A Russian silver & niello Topographical snuff box, 19th century., diameter 7 cm, Wt 82 grams

A Russian silver snuff box, Moscow, 1823, 50 grams, 6.5 cm…

Russian Silver Snuff Box, Moscow 1823, 50g, 6.5cm

A Russian silver snuff box, Moscow, 1823, 50 grams, 6.5 cm across

Russian silver & niello work snuff box oblong the lid engraved…

Russian Niello Snuff Box with Moscow Skyline Engraving

Russian silver & niello work snuff box oblong the lid engraved with the Moscow skyline, 84 standard zlotnik mark, makers initials Nk.

19th century papier mache hand painted snuff box with Russian…

19th Century Russian Couple Snuff Box

19th century papier mache hand painted snuff box with Russian couple motif

Russian silver double lidded snuff box, hallmarked 1842, 84…

1842 Russian Silver Double Lidded Snuff Box

Russian silver double lidded snuff box, hallmarked 1842, 84 zolotnik purity, 7.4 cm wide, 46 grams approx

A Russian rectangular tri-colour gold snuff box by Johann…

Russian Tri-colour Gold Snuff Box by Keibel, 1830

A Russian rectangular tri-colour gold snuff box by Johann Wilhelm Keibel (1788-1862), circa 1830, the hinged cover with an applied diamond shaped section of foliate scrolls on a matt ground surrounded by a border of scrolling yellow and red gold and…

Russian silver niello work snuff box (with striker)

Russian Niello Snuff Box with Striker

Russian silver niello work snuff box (with striker)

Russian niello silver snuff box, 84 zolotniki purity circa 1823,…

Russian Niello Silver Snuff Box, 1823, 84 Zolotniki

Russian niello silver snuff box, 84 zolotniki purity circa 1823, 8 cm wide, 75 grams approx.

Russian silver snuff box 7.5 cm wide, as inspected

Russian Silver Snuff Box - 7.5cm Wide

Russian silver snuff box 7.5 cm wide, as inspected

Russian Karelian birch wood table snuff box, with gold and…

Russian Birch Wood Snuff Box with Gold Clasp

Russian Karelian birch wood table snuff box, with gold and cabochon clasp, hallmark and maker mark rubbed, 8.5 cm long

A rectangular Russian three-colour gold snuff box, Johann…

Russian Three-Colour Gold Snuff Box by Keibel, 1830

A rectangular Russian three-colour gold snuff box, Johann Wilhelm Keibel, 1788-1862, circa 1830, the lid chased with foliate and geometric motifs in diamond shape formation, foliate corner spandrels within a fine foliate line border, the scrolling red and…

Russian birch snuff box. Length 7.5 cm

Russian Birch Snuff Box - 7.5 cm Length

Russian birch snuff box. Length 7.5 cm

Antique Russian silver gilt and niello snuff box Moscow 1844

Russian Silver Snuff Box, 1844

Antique Russian silver gilt and niello snuff box Moscow 1844