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Two similar Chinese Republic floral enamelled snuff bottles, one with dark blue ground the second with turquoise ground, height 6.5cm.
from the R. Prescott collection
Snuff bottles were used by the Chinese population during the Qing Dynasty to contain powdered tobacco. Smoking tobacco was illegal during the Dynasty, but the use of snuff was allowed because the Chinese considered snuff to be a remedy for common illnesses such as colds, headaches and stomach disorders. Therefore, snuff was carried in a small bottle like other medicines. The snuff bottle is comparable to the snuff box used by Europeans.Snuff bottles were made out of many different materials including porcelain, jade, wood, tortoiseshell, metal and ceramic, though probably the most common used material was glass.
Museum of Treasure has clarified that the Two Chinese Republic Floral Enamelled Snuff Bottles, Dark Blue And Turquoise (LA393247) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1900s
Appears good with no obvious signs of faults, damage or restoration.