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Leather snuff box

Description:

Snuff is sensitive to moisture so the most important feature of a  snuff box is that its lid fits tightly.  During the late 1700s a Scot, James Sandy, designed a wooden box with a hinge made of rollers that extended from the back and lid of the box and were attached to a central rod.  Called Laurencekirk boxes after the village where Sandy lived, his snuffboxes were very popular and frequently copied.

Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:0206.32
Digital Number:
DMSW109a-c
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council


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