Sunday, 21 June 2015
Snapshot of my full size anvil, with the smaller anvil slotted into it, and the miniature anvil form snuff box on top.
Snapshot of the anvil / snuff box on the small anvil.
Anvil shaped snuff box, with the lid half open.
Anvil snuff box with the lid fully open, showing the mirror inset inside the lid.
The mystery object is an iron snuff box (as worked out by Crowbard -well done!), with a mirror inset inside the lid. The point of that is that if you have just snuffed, you check the reflection of the whiskers, especially if they are white, for traces of snuff, which is brown, then wipe the whiskers clean.
The mystery object is, of course, a snuff box made in the shape of a blacksmith's anvil, most probably for (and possibly by) a blacksmith. It appears to be English, and is probably of eighteenth century date.
Thanks for taking part.