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Cowrie Snuff with Enamel Lid

Cowrie Snuff with Enamel Lid

Ref: 11155 Price: £790

Cowrie shell with silver mounts, the enamel lid hand painted with a pastoral scene of men harvesting hay.  Bilston C1770.  NB: Cowrie shells were brought back from overseas and were a much coveted and expensive item in the 18th Century and were used to make boxes and ornaments for the aristocracy.

H: 4.5cm (1.8")   W: 6cm (2.4")   D: 8.5cm (3.3")

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