Cowrie Snuff with Enamel Lid

Cowrie Snuff with Enamel Lid

Code: 10382


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


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.