Snuff bottles were originally used in the Chinese culture to hold powdered tobacco. These bottles were used as early as the 1500s. However, later on in the 19th century they were used more for decoration than to hold tobacco. People collected them and they soon became a symbol of status. In many cases the wealthier a person was, the nicer the snuff bottle collection.
Snuff bottles were made of many different materials. These include glass, metal, wood, porcelain, ivory, jade and more. Most of the more valuable snuff bottles were made in the 19th century or earlier. The value depends on the age, detail and material. Some rare jade snuff bottles have sold for 5 figure prices.
If you are looking to sell a rare antique snuff bottle, let us know. The Chinese antique market is very strong. We work with some very competitive Chinese antique buyers in NYC that are always looking for high end snuff bottles. Please visit Syl-Lee Antiques for more information about Asian antiquities.
Inside Painted Glass Snuff Bottle
Ivory Snuff Bottle
Peking Glass Snuff Bottle