Georgian Silver Snuff Box

Date: 1824

Maker: John Bettridge, Birmingham

Country: England

Stock Number: 9152

A smart little antique sterling silver snuff box with engine turned decoration and a decorative cast border with flowers and foliage. Original bright gilt interior finish. Initial "N" hand engraved to the top in cursive script. Weight 66 grams, 2.1 troy ounces. Top measures 6x4 cm. Height 1.8 cm. Birmingham 1824. Maker John Bettridge.

Literature: Vinaigrettes, popular from the late 18th century through the end of the 19th century, were small containers used for holding various aromatic substances, usually dissolved in vinegar. A tiny piece of sponge, soaked in the liquid, was contained beneath a grill or perforated cover. Ladies used to carry a vinaigrette with them to combat the aroma from the waste products common in cities. Likewise, the practice of wearing tight corsets also regularly caused woman to faint, requiring the need to carry smelling salts.

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