Snuffboxes are sought-after collectors items, and, if they are old or antique can fetch hundreds or even thousands of pounds
Snuff boxes are a very popular item to collect in the UK and they are appreciated by a great many people
Snuff boxes can be obtained from a variety of sources, such as car boot sales, collectors fairs, flea markets and jumble sales, as well as antique dealers and antique fairs. The internet is another good source, especially on-line auctions.
Collectors can be of all ages and you are never too young or old to start a collection.
There is no real ability required for collecting snuff boxes, collectors just need the appreciation of the object. Whether they think of it as a object of beauty or appreciate it for its design, or are interested in its history.
The snuff-box is now a charming relic of a practice now though of a totally disagreeable. However, throughout the larger part of the 18th century the snuff box was the indispensable companion of every man of birth and breeding. Now that the snuffbox is no longer used it is collected and especially artistic examples command large sums. Hence its interest to collectors and why prize examples are very much sought after.
To build up a collection of snuff boxes collectors need to be resourceful in their attempts to obtain items to add to their collection. You must be prepared to spend time rummaging through lots of items to find the one piece of treasure that you need to add to your collection. Much of the fun of collecting is the seeking of that elusive next item, whether it be at a car boot sale which could yield some great finds, or at a dealer where you may have to pay top prices.
Basic snuff boxes may be obtained for a few pounds, whereas some examples may command several thousand pounds.
Level of Demand
The table below shows the maximum levels of demand that this activity requires. NOTE: These are not entry levels or levels of requirement and has nothing to do with ability.
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