"Gold Washers" Snuff Box

Description
This snuff box was made in London and used around 1860. The box’s lid is painted with an image four men—two white, and two African-Americans—working a stream for gold with the text “Gold-washers in California” below. Both slave and free African Americans participated in the gold rush as laborers and gold washers. A snuff box carried a powdered tobacco called snuff that was pinched and inhaled nasally.
Object Name
snuff box
Date made
ca 1860
Physical Description
paint (overall material)
paper mache (overall material)
composition board (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 2 cm x 9.3 cm; 13/16 in x 3 11/16 in
overall: 3/4 in x 3 5/8 in; 1.905 cm x 9.2075 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England
ID Number
CL*294083.01
catalog number
294083.01
accession number
294083
subject
Industry & Manufacturing
Migration
Occupation, general
American Enterprise
event
California Gold Rush
See more items in
Work and Industry: Mining
American Enterprise
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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