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Engine-turned oak snuff box

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A communal snuff container in oak with attractive engine turning on its lid and underside.

On the top the decoration is minimal, but on the bottom it is densely applied in three areas: a fascinating pattern of concentric circles in the center, spiraling scoring in the middle, and at the edge, a halo of intersecting circles.

This is a fine example of rose engine work, which was turned on a geometric lathe, the headstock of which rocks back and forth to produce the tiny cuts that make up the surface. The technique, invented in the late eighteenth century, is sometimes called “guilloche”.

There is a small loss to the rim of the lid.

English, 1800 – 40

Diameter: 5 ¼”; Height: 1 ½”

Price: $ 145

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Inventory #26212

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