A set of six silver table snuff-boxes, London, early 19th Century.

Each snuff box is of plain oval form with a hinged cover and plain oval finial and is engraved with a monogram; the base of each engraved with the words ‘Old Ship Tavern.’

Two carry the mark of Robert and Samuel Hennell of London and the date 1805, and four the mark of Charles Fox of London and the date 1826.

At a time when members of the élite carried their own personal snuff-boxes, often of the finest materials and of exquisite design, these simple boxes represent a more communal form of snuff taking.


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