A Rare 18thc Treen "Bear Baiting" Birch Snuff /Tobacco Box. Scottish.
Code: MS 6467
Dimensions:W: 3.6" (9.1 cm)H: 1" (2.5 cm)D: 2" (5.1 cm)
A rare form of Snuff / Tobacco Box, made from Birch and Pine....rare because of the now illegal pratice of "Bear Baiting" which is illustrated in great detail on the lid.....it shows the owner baiting the Bear, holding a rein with one hand and a whip in the other hand....it looks like the Bear is also holding a baton, with another person looking on dressed in the costume of the period...the box is bordered by Oak leaves, and has gained a very good colour ....it also has an interesting early hinge to the lid , made out of Iron...a fabulous collectors piece..!