going to find hereafter a non-exhaustive list of the most common
key-words used in language of snuff boxes:
Used for a snuff box, the basic elements
of which (porcelaine or mother of pearl lay, japanese lacquer...) are
set in a gold, silver or platinium frame.
Snuff box using two internal compartments
allowing to store two different kinds of tobacco.
- 2/ Two
Snuff box equipped, in its lower part,
with a central hole in order to make its taking in between the thumb
and forefinger easier.
Snuff box in the shape of a barrel (
comes from Jean Ramponeau: French innkeeper 1724-1802)
Created by the Italian Fagnani who
depicted the most spicy events on the snuff boxes and amorous
adventures of the most popular people at the end of the XVIIth
Hand painted risque scene
depicting what appears to be
the Prince Regent (George IV)
having a grope of a maiden's bare breasts.
Snuff box using a hidden opening system
on its top.
Snuff box manufactured in such a way that
it only allows a tiny tobacco taking.
The tobacco is hidden in a false bottom,
Snuff box used during a mourning period
and "half mourner" if the mourning doesn't affect you
Snuff box often showing erotic scenes
which appear from a visual effect or when heated.
When the gold which makes it up is coated
with mother of pearl, coral, "hornline"or even see-through
Created at the end of the XIXth century,
made of wood or horn, this snuff box generally comes in a round or
oval shape. So called 'rat's tail' snuff boxes have a flat or
slightly curved top which fits into the main piece often carved in a
birch or cherrytree's branch.
The opening is possible by pulling on the
leather lace which is an extension of the top.
- 12/ Rat's
Snuff box fitted with a tiny inside
mirror (as in a fly box)
Bilston enamel England
Snuff box using a coded mechanism to be
- 13/ Cheat
Fancy snuff box in the shape of a : shoe,
book, shell, hat, small piece of furniture, fish…
Flat and plain snuff box which appeared
under Louis XVI just after Turgot's stringent economic
During the French Revolution, patriots
used snuff boxes made of copper-based alloy in the shape of the
bastille, engraved with patriotic mottos. The ones called "Sanson"
depict the "place de Grève" and the "guillotine".
Snuff box with a tiny opening on its top
allowing , when shaken, to pour some snuff on the back of one's
Here below, some examples of Henriot sand
other manufacturies' secouettes.
Many given possibilities, all on the same
- a shaker showing a character in a half
The cork is generally situated in the
place of the orifice.
- a shaker also called "zoomorphic"
representing an animal - generaly a pig:
- or also a snuff box
representing a character in a seated position, made of fruit wood or
coquilla nut and with the opening in its back .