Bloodstone snuff box

Unknownca. 1750

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Pouch shape, with two hinged covers and two compartments; plaques of heliotrope held in a frame of gold carved with scrolls, leaves and pinecone motifs; thumb-piece of foliate scrolls set with small diamonds, rubies, and emeralds; sides of box lined with gold.

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  • Title: Bloodstone snuff box
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: ca. 1750
  • Provenance: Anonymous Donor
  • Markings: On inside rim of box: 1) Paris maker's mark, indecipherable, 2) ox head, Paris mark of charge under Julien Berth, 1750-1756, 3) crowned italic K, warden's mark for 1750-1757; On rims of both covers marks struck twice: 4) eagle's head with single outline, Paris mark for gold, restriced warranty, 1838-1847, 5) anvil, or reverse, mark, struck at same time as 4.
  • Dimensions: H x W x D: 6 x 4 x 3 cm (2 3/8 x 1 9/16 x 1 3/16 in.)
  • Type: Bloodstone snuff box
  • Rights: Gift of Anonymous Donor
  • Medium: Bloodstone, gold, diamonds, rubies, emeralds


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