Two snuff boxes shaped like a pair of lady's boots in ebony and horn, English, 1781-1860
Snuff boxes exist in a huge variety of designs, often mimicking the shapes of other objects. Women’s shoes seem to have been a particular favourite. This may hint that the boxes were owned by women – taking snuff was a popular habit with both men and women.
Snuff is finely powdered tobacco which was snorted or rubbed on to the gums and well-liked for its aroma, taste and stimulating nicotine boost. It was also believed to ward off colds, be good for ear, nose and throat problems and stop snoring. (Shown here with two similar examples, A637480 and A637590).