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.