Snuff box decorated with a scene of physician and patient

Made:
1701-1900 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Metal snuff box, rectangular, painted on the lid with a scene of a physician attending to his patient

Snuff is snorted or rubbed on to the gums and was well-liked for its aroma, taste and stimulating nicotine boost. It was once believed to ward off colds, be good for ear, nose and throat problems and stop snoring.

The illustration shows a physician attending to a patient in a highly decorated home. Only the wealthy could afford this luxury.

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Science Museum: Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries

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Details

Category:
Smoking
Object Number:
A642714
Materials:
complete, ferrous alloy, rectangular
type:
snuff box
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • snuff container
credit:
Knight, Frank and Rutley

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