I have this bottle and I was wondering if you could give me any information on it. It’s 3½ inches tall and says “Doct Marshalls” on one side and “snuff” on the other in raised letters.
Terry from Salem
What you have is a sweet aqua-colored snuff bottle.
In the 1800s snuff (tobacco leaves crushed to a powder) was sold in plain bottles, then possibly transferred to a fancier one if needed. It was used for some medicinal purposes to cure such things as throat, colds, lung disease, etc.
Your snuff bottle was invented by Dr. Benjamin Marshalls in the early 1800s — that’s what the embossing (raised letters) stands for on the sides.
The one you have dates to middle 1800s. It has a rolled lip (the top of the bottle curls under), which is characteristic of earlier versions, but it would have had a pontil mark (where it breaks away on the bottom of the bottle) if it was produced earlier than that, and yours does not. The value of this age and style and color is in the $15 range.
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