Georgian Yew Wood Parrot Snuff Box


Carved in Yew Wood 

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    18th Century George III Period 

    From our collectables, we are delighted to offer this Georgian Yew Wood Parrot Snuff Box. The snuff box made from Yew wood is beautifully formed in the shape of a parrot with big round beak, simulated feathers and feet tucked under the base of the snuff box. The box with visible patination and wear from years of handling leaving it in a beautiful golden brown colour. The sniff box can be opened via the hatch on the top body of the parrot and opens to reveal a hollowed out centre for storing snuff. The snuff box dates to the Georgian period during the reign of George III circa 1790.

    Snuffboxes were used for containing snuff which is a mixture of ground tobacco and scented oils. Originally from the Americas Snuff became extremely popular in 18th century Europe, it was seen as a status symbol and undertaken by the elite in society. Commissioned snuff boxes of various materials would be bought by high status individuals as a sign of wealth and power.  Snuff boxes became highly prized by collectors from 19th century when snuff was slowly phased out.

    Yew Wood originates from Asia, Europe and North Africa. It is yellow-brown to orange-brown and usually conforms to a fine uniform pattern. Yew wood usually has black pips scattered throughout so clean veneers fetch a high price and are reserved for finer items. A few trees will produce a burr which offers a distinct decorative finish.

    Georgian, a period in British history dating from 1714-1837, the Georgian era after the Hanoverian kings George I, George II, George III and George IV.

    Measurements 5cm High x 11cm Long x 4cm Wide (2 x 4.3 x 1.55 Inches)

    Condition Very good, wear consistent with age.

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