Image:: Snuffboxes of the 18th century, the Romanovs collection || Russian fashion for snuffboxes started with Catherine II, though snuffboxes were also popular at the court of her ancestor Elizabeth I. At the age of 25 future Catherine II addicted to snuff. Being a very prudent woman she always took the snuff by her left hand as she gave her right hand for court kisses and did not want people smell tobacco.
1703 British Pendant at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London - From the curators' comments: "This intricate jewel is in the form of a coffin which opens to reveal a panel of woven hair, initials, and an enamelled skull. It is an unflinching reminder of man's mortality while specifically commemorating the death of a particular individual, the now unknown PB. Such graphic imagery was a widely accepted part of the rituals surrounding death in the years around 1700."