Born in the XVIIth, developed in the
XVIIIth, popularized in the XIXth and XXth century, snuff boxes,
destined to men or women, appeared in their thousands.
From the 1680s onwards, snuff tobacco was
one of the most used kind of tabacco and an inevitable social
Gradually, in the course of the XXth
century, the fashion of snuff taking disappeared in favour of cigars,
cigarettes or pipes.
Snuff boxes were therefore neglected,
giving way to other smokers' items.
So, nowadays and in our current culture
it seems difficult to understand the omnipresence of snuff tobacco in
the social history of yesteryears.
"Le sifflet " newspaper dated
April 19th , 1874