Covered Snuff Container Date/Period: Circa 1780-1820
Condition: Good-shrinkage crack in center section
Additional Information: Used in a tobacco shop. Finial would be removed from jar to
sample a bit of snuff poured onto a tray. The cover (center section) opens just above
the shoulder to access the contents, with 2 compartments above.
Dutch, Engraved Tobacco Box, Adam, and Eve, Engraved Top and Bottom, Inscription
Netherlands Date/Period: Circa 1770
Measurement: 1.25" x 7" x 1.75"
Material: Brass and copper
Additional Information: Four wonderfully engraved Adam and Eve scenes featuring
appropriate verses, landscapes, animals and more…all within oval panels centered by
scrolled borders. Oval with brass sides, copper lid and base.
Tobacco Box, Oblong Date/Period: Early 18th Century
Measurement: 1.25" x 6.5" x 2"
Material: Brass and copper
Additional Information: The elongated box with rounded ends displays an unusual
interior scene featuring a string trio, architectural columns…also a vista showing
scrolled railing and urn on plinth; buildings in the distance. The ends of lid ornamented
with scrolled acanthus decoration. The sides display scrolled decoration. On the bottom
a similar view with harpist playing to seated nobleman, similar vista and engraved ends.
Verse translated from Dutch to the best of our ability:
Sobald dein ton das ohr bestreichet wird selbst die grauamkeit erweichet
Music preiß aller freyen Kräfte
die stets mein geist sein labsal nent
ob manches schwächer Hirn gespinste
dir gleich nicht seinen beifal gönt
As soon as your sound has touched the ear
even the cruelty softens
Music press all free forces
which my mind calls its refreshment
whether some weaker brains
do not grant you its approval
Tobacco Box, Dutch, Engraved Date/Period: Early 18th Century
Measurement: 1.25" x 5" x 2"
Material: Copper and brass
Additional Information: The top displays a religious scene flanked by large seated
winged angels within leafy scrolled decoration; border also engraved as are the sides of
box. The base features another religious scene flanked by angels and scrolled leavy
devices within engraved border. Top and bottom with engraved old Dutch verse.
God gaf een gebod en wilde het niet, het werd volbracht en het geschiede niet.
Not so easy to translate it in English but it’s like:
God gave a command because He didn’t want it (can be anything) to happen, the
command was completed, and it wasn’t done.
Snuff Boxes, Papier Mache
Paper Mache Snuff Box, Marquis de Lafayette, Round
Probably 1830s, portrait within clouds commemorating his death
Featuring a decoupage print lid celebrating General Lafayette, surmounted by legend, "May a grateful people ever estimate his services". Genal. Lafayette" beneath bust portrait of the general encircled within a wreath of clouds. The base of the box is black. Some losses as depicted on the lid; overall very good. (3.5" in diameter; .75" H) $850
Paper Mache Snuff Box, Louis Antoine, Duke
Some edge abrasion, otherwise fine
(Diameter: 2 7/8") $395
Snuff Box, Lafayette, Die Stamped Medallion, Portrait within Bezel
Mid 19th Century
France - SOLD
Burled walnut, embossed brass foil portrait of Lafayette surmounted by "Homage A Lafayette". (Diameter: 1.75"; H: .75") SOLD
Snuff Box, Pressed Horn, Mourning, Denis Auguste Affre (1793 to 1848)
Priest, professor, appointed Arch Bishop of Paris in 1840; he was not involved in politics as he was dedicated to pastoral endeavors; he was killed during the Insurrection of 1848. He did not heed the warning General Louis Eugene Cavaignac, presenting himself at the entrance to the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, with green branch as sign of peace. He had spoken only a few words, when shots rang-out; the insurgents thinking they were betrayed, opened fire wounding the archbishop who was struck by a stray bullet. He died on 27 June.
The National Assembly of France declared their tremendous sorrow in a decree; a public funeral on 7 July was one of the most moving assemblies of the period. Affre Archev of Paris
Wounded to death on the barricades
June 25, 1848
The good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep
That my blood soitle last pay $475 643-16
Brass & Copper Engraved Tobacco Box, Dutch,
Early 18th Century
Molded top and bottom, engraved tavern scenes flanked by full-length putty.
The engraving is worn, it looks like "Woe Geset" with the other side reading "Wij Trinken
wel" translating to: “Because we sit, we can drink”. We may not be 100% accurate;
language appears to be a German - Northern Dutch dialect.
(Repaired tear to front, working period, doesn’t distract;
(5" x 2.25" x 1.25")
A Large Brass Tobacco Box, Dutch, 18th Century, Village and Farm Scene
Two teams of horse plowing fields, farmer seeding, and village scene
Engraved in Old Dutch “I plough the land en I harrow the land and I don’t ask for wisdom.”
Loosely translated to mean that it was more important that you knew how to live from the land then to be educated; intended as a swipe to educated people of that time (According to a friend in Amsterdam). (7.5 by 3 by 1.25”)
Eighteenth Century Dutch Tobacco Box, Brass, William of Orange, Political Poems
Do not fear the House of Orange
Holland and the Prussians dance celebration against the French
1787; we have two pages of translation
(6 by 2.25 by 1.25”)
Cigar Case; Papier Mache, Zachary Taylor on Horseback, Battle of the Rio Grande
Circa 1846 to 1850
Many images are generic; the portrait is named below the portrait
An outstanding cheroot case, "Taylor's Battle the Rio Grande", hand-painted scene of Taylor on horseback reviewing troops. There are three scratches through the arm and background, else fine. (5.5 by 3")
Snuff Box, Wood, Carved and Pressed, Great Patina
Guillaume Tell Ou La Liberte Suisse
Three-layer graduated chip carved geometric segments; horizontal center section of all
panels upholstered in green brushed cotton velvet against which are the laminated and
stained segments. The center panel of lid displays “Ch.S over 1902 against green
velvet…flanked by pilsner type beer glasses.
(Height: 4.25"; width: 9.25"; depth: 5.25", one 3” by 3/8” piece is missing from base of
back; loss doesn’t distract; we are able to have it replaced.)
Snuff Box, Dutch Tabaksdoos, Sliding Top and Base, Mixed Metal, Silver Washed
Scrolled Domed Lid and Base, Exceptional Engraving Date/Period: Circa 1725 - SOLD
Measurement: L: 5”, H: 1.5”, D: 2.25”
Material: Brass, Silver & Copper
Condition: Excellent original condition
Additional Information: Heavy gauge, exceptional engraved detail including biblical
scenes; copper sliding panel within raised lids reveals pierced and engraved scenes
(see images); interior of lid features a pair of engraved hinged doors that open to
display a second pierced and engraved scene; at center is a chapter ring with Roman
numerals…a dial hand (tulip Minute; crescent hour terminus) secures the doors in
closed position. The doors open to reveal pierced and engraved brass washed in silver.
Box, Treen Tobacco Jar, Carved & Incised, Original Paint, Pennsylvania Date/Period: 1780-1800 - SOLD
Measurement: Height: 8.5"
Material: Poplar, polychrome
Condition: Excellent; trivial old, glued fissure to interior of jar lip
Additional Information: Turned construction, interior hollowed; concentric rings and
defined notching…the lid fits snugly over rim. The turned knob is one piece with lid.
Reference: See, The Pennsylvania German Collection, Philadelphia Museum of
Art, pp., 12 and 13; catalog numbers 11 and 14 for closely related examples assigned to
Lancaster and Montgomery Counties.
Oval Cow Horn Pocket Snuff Box, Owner’s Names Engraved Date/Period: 18th Century - SOLD
Measurement: 3.5” by 2” by 1"
Additional Information: Original owner’s name: Thomas Jones
Likely second owner’s name scratch carved: Green
10 Days Before the Masses...AAAWT Advance Notice Email Program
We offer a 10 Day Early Preview to All AAAWT major Web Site Updates including Bulk Item Adds,
Special Offerings, MAD, Man-at-Artms, and BEE Ads, plus the earliest possible pre-announcments for
Major Gallery Updates, Mass Price Reductions, Special Interest Sales. Choose from "Arms Only",
"Art and Antiques Only" or 'All Updates" Just one or two emails per month with a no-hassle Opt-Out
option with every email. When you sign up here, you will be redirected to the apprpriate Advance Email
Sign-up Confirmation Page, confirming that your entry was successful, and placing you to do some shopping! Welcome to our Advance Notice Email Program!