Snuffbox Given to Joseph Francis

Snuffbox Given to Joseph Francis

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This golden snuffbox mounted with diamonds in the shape of a crown atop the letter N was presented to Joseph Francis by Emperor Napoleon III of France on 4 February 1856. It was presented to Francis for his lifesaving inventions, which had saved the lives of many French citizens. It is inscribed on the inside of the top:

Par Empereur Napoléon III
a Joseph Francis New York
le 4 Février 1856

The snuffbox was donated to the Smithsonian in 1890 by Joseph Francis himself, along with a gold medal he received for his lifesaving efforts and inventions via an 1888 act of Congress.
Object Name
date made
ca 1856
Francis, Joseph
Napoleon III Emperor of France
overall: 1 1/2 in x 3 in x 5 1/2 in; 3.81 cm x 7.62 cm x 13.97 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Joseph Francis
Expansion and Reform
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Political and Military History: Political History, General History Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
On the Water
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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