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Antique Snuff Bottles

Snuff is a tobacco product that is sniffed into the nose. While popular amonst the royalty in early Europe, the product declined amongst the well-to-do around 1850. Poor southern women continue to "dip" snuff by putting it in their mouth. Snuff is still widely used today throughout Europe.

Most snuff jars have a distinctive box-like appearance and wide mouth. Many of the early examples are pontiled (as shown to the right) and the common colors were olive green and amber.

Below is a picture of 3 pre-1800 free blown snuffs owned by Richard Magnolta, Email:

Below is a "J.J. MAPES, NO 61 FRONT ST, N-YORK" pontilled snuff in olive amber color that sold for $1775 6-22-99 on eBay.

J.J. MAPES snuff

Below is a square shaped snuff in light puce with tubular pontil. Circa 1850s, believed to be from Baltimore Glass Works.

Puce pontil square snuff

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