Tobacco Box

This oval brass container has a hinged lid. The exterior is elaborately engraved, with dancing characters flanked by two angels. An illegible engraving is at the bottom of the lid. The interior of the lid is lined with shagreen (sharkskin).
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
copper (overall material)
shagreen (overall material)
overall: 3.7 cm x 12.5 cm x 7.3 cm; 1 7/16 in x 4 15/16 in x 2 7/8 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 1091
catalog number
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Related Publication
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection
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