Papier-mâché snuff box, England, 1850-1900
Embossed on to the lid of this papier-mâché snuff box is an advert for another tobacco product, Diamond Navy Cut Cigarettes. Snuff became popular in the 1660s for its taste, aroma and stimulating nicotine boost. Applying the finely powdered tobacco on to the gums or up the nose was also said to be good for ear, nose and throat problems, common colds and stopping snoring.
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Glossary: snuff box
a small usually ornamental container for holding snuff Boxes, usually having a hinged lid and small enough to be carried in the pocket, used for holding snuff
A chemical compound that forms 0.6-3.0 per cent of the dry weight of tobacco. Nicotine acts as a stimulant in mammals, and is one of the primary reasons for smoking addiction.
Tobacco that has been finely powdered. Snuff is usually sniffed through the nose, or applied to the gums with a finger.