Brass tobacco box, Europe, 1801–1880

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Brass tobacco box, Europe, 1801–1880. To open this brass tobacco box, one had to solve the puzzle of the locks. Perhaps the owner was concerned some might get stolen if he wasn’t careful. Ironically, given the health problems that would later be associated with tobacco, the front is engraved with the figure of Asklepios, the Greek and Roman god of healing and medicine, and his symbol, a snake entwined around a rod. Tobacco boxes were very personal items and came in a variety of shapes, sizes and decorations. Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: v2cwgm4n.

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