Silver snuff box, middle of the 19th century

Published: 08.10.2018

In front of us there is a silver snuff box, used by an unknown nobleman in the middle of the 19th century and worn around her neck. The cover is depicted by Henriette Sontag (1806 – 1854), a German opera singer of international repute. The portrait is made according to the work of Franz Xaver Stöber from 1827.
Something about using tobacco. By the 19th century, the use of tobacco was primarily the habit of rich bourgeoisie and nobility. During this time, they were used in the form of powder for sniffing, chewing and smoking in the form of cigars and taps. In 1783 the average inhabitant of the Habsburg Monarchy smashed or offered half a kilogram of tobacco per year. The real revolution happened in 1832, when a paper cigarette was discovered accidentally in a war between Egypt and Turkey. They did not know before paper cigarettes, as tobacco was twisted into the leaves of corn or maize. This very convenient form of tobacco uses quickly spread after 1856 to the whole of Europe, although old uses have also been preserved.