Going for Gold
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Generally adopted by the elite, the fashion for taking snuff in the 18th and 19th centuries required users to carry their tobacco around in pocket boxes. These became status objects wrought in gold and richly ornamented by the finest craftsmen. With reference to the collection held at the V&A and examples in private hands, this illustrated volume examines the art of the gold box in Europe, the development of different decorative techniques and the history of gold-box collecting.