An oval silver table snuff-box.

A set of six silver table snuff-boxes, each of plain oval form with a hinged cover and plain oval finial. Each is engraved with a monogram and the words ‘Old Ship Tavern’ on the base. 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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