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On a small dresser in front of the mirror with no reflection of myself, sat a small beautiful wooden box. Covered in only dust. And the chains that kept it shut.
Snuff-box of Peter I After 1712 Ivory, turning and engraving 1.5 x 8.7 x 6 cm According to a note enclosed in a snuff-box, the latter was turned by Peter I himself and presented to Countess Chernyshova. In the early 18th century, objects decorated with ivory became very popular in Russia.
Spice box W. R., London ca. 1602 - silver. The intricate ornament on this scallop-shaped box reflects the late Elizabethan taste for Antwerp Mannerism; indeed, many specialized workers active in London’s goldsmiths’ trade came from the Spanish Netherlands. Although shell-shaped boxes such as this one are sometimes referred to as spice boxes, according to early seventeenth-century inventories, they were used for serving sugar, an expensive delicacy.