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Snuff boxes sum up unusual appeal

Four unusual collections caught the eye, if not always the cash, at Woolley & Wallis.

Intricately carved by French craftsmen in the late 18th-early 19th centuries were some 70 snuff boxes, pomanders and trinket boxes made from coquilla nuts. The dense shells of the Brazil palm oil nuts make them suitable for turning on lathes.

Offered in 33 lots at Salisbury pitched in two and low-three figures, top-seller was a 3in (7.5cm) long snuff box, carved as a bearded soldier holding a goblet. With a hinged lid in the form of his pack, it sold to a collector just under top estimate at £190.

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