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Uzbek, Glass Snuff Bottle.

Sorry this snuff bottle is no longer available.
A cast bark brown, opaque glass “snuff” bottle, with an engraved silver throat, with an internal screw to lock, this hole is small less than 3 mm, in fact.

But that’s enough to hold a long silver spoon for use when inhaling Tobacco Snuff.
However this is conjecture as the spoon is missing and all that remains is the screw thread inside the lip.
But, we have another bottle, a Tajik recycled perfume bottle with a screw top spoon, see also TB122.

This design also turns up in agate, which this coloured glass may be imitating, the cast surface can finally be ground and cut for finished detailing.
See the engraved grip on each of the two shoulders.

There is a picture of one of these little bottles in “Uzbekistan” (T&H), where the author has labelled it as a medicine bottle. (In China snuff was believed to have medicinal properties, considered as an effective remedy for colds, headaches, stomach disorders and many other illnesses, the powdered tobacco was dispensed in a bottle, as were most other medicines in China, rather than in boxes as was the European custom. And users originally employed medicine bottles to hold it. They eventually turned to small bottles topped with stoppers that had a little spoon attached for scooping up the snuff.)

I think its origin is somewhere in China, sometime in the nineteenth century, and it has found its way out along the Silk Route, traded probably into Uzbekistan.
Here the silver “throat” would have been applied, to suit local taste, or perhaps to cover a chip(?)

Interesting to read that snuff (like coffee) was originally frowned on for it’s ecstatic qualities.
Pope Urban VIII, threatened to excommunicate Snuff takers, because he felt that induced sneezing was too close to sexual orgasm to be tolerated.
Our “Bless You” following a sneeze is said to be “Plague” related, but also stops the Devil taking us during the moment of death, as the heart skips a beat when we sneeze.

Age: 19 th Century.

Size: H 59 mm x W 37 mm X D 18 mm

Weight: 50 grams.