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About the object

ENGLAND, circa 1820

Carved in the form of a double barrelled flintlock pistol. With a hinged compartment on the underside, where the snuff can be stored. The handle inscribed with the owner’s name: ‘W. TAYLOR’.

Bibliography: Edward H. Pinto, in his book ‘Treen and Other Wooden Bygones’ (Bell & Hyman Limited, London, 1979), includes an image of a later ‘novel walnut snuff box shaped as a twin-barrelled pistol’. He notes that the design for this snuff box is: ‘based on an early 19th-century joke about a nosologist who is alleged to have invented such a weapon so that he could prime both nostrils simultaneously.’ (ibid, p.350; plate 364-E) (see image below).

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Dimensions

Width: 6.5 inches (16.5cm); Height: 2 inches (5cm); Depth: 1.75 inches (4.5cm)

Stock number

6651