Among a wonderful collection of antique French snuff and patch boxes we recently acquired from an important estate were 2 Napoleonic embossed leather snuff boxes. The other sold immediately upon listing, and I suspect this one will, also. The interesting way the snuff is made, with a careful folding of leather on bottom that opens to get a "pinch" of snuff, then folds itself back into itself to seal off the snuff, is only part of the fun. The deeply embossed figure on the top is that of Napoleon, himself, in a battle charge, upon his horse, leading his men to certain victory. A wonderful addition to your collection (or mine). Measurements noted on the listing photos, this one is a table snuff rather than pocket snuff.
Good to very good condition, but the folding leather side must be worked a bit to get it to fold into itself correctly and flatly. We'll leave it to the next owner to work it out. The embossed leather image of Napoleon and this style of commemorative snuff is noted in our reference book at being contemporary with Napoleon's reign. These were made as rewards and also to use as gifts from Napoleon, a master at winning the hearts and at public relations through images of himself and of Josephine.
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