An exceptional and unusually large Swedish table snuff in the form of a sleeping hound. Carved from richly figured burr birchwood which has developed a mellow patination. There are numerous knot holes in the timber which appear to have been filled with tar or black wax giving the dog a dappled Dalmatian appearance. The lift up lid to the base reveals the dug out snuff compartment and there are traces of an original foil liner. Circa 1820-1850.
19 cm long
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