Avery Art and Antiques

Wooden Shoe Snuff Box With Lock

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Organics: Wood: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 446836
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14380 Shoreline Highway
Valley Ford, CA 94972-0419

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In order to access the tobacco within, the snuff-taker must know the right moves unlock and disengage the cover. The box is carved in the shape of a long, elegant slipper, originally red and black, with a nice low heel and a relief carving of a stylized plant with flowers and “fruit” of two bizarre demons’ heads. In superb condition, it is of Continental manufacture, late Eighteenth or early Nineteenth and measures 5-1/4 inches long, 1-1/2 inches high and 1-5/8 inches wide.