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Snuff snuff powder is usually mixed with herbs and spices designed to be inhaled up through the nostrils. It has long been considered the practice more "gentlemanly" than actually smoking the snuff. Snuff originated in the United States and became immensely popular in the century 17 Europe. For perfume, special bottles were popularized to contain snuff, being usually ornate and often unique and ultimately one of collection Today's most popular. Designed to carry in your pocket, most bottles are under 3 inches long and an inch or two wide.

Many of the snuff bottles more beautiful and valuable were manufactured in China and among the specimens of higher prices on eBay. Most Chinese snuff bottles resemble small vessels, with small caps is often made of porcelain, ivory, horn, glass or bronze, and covered with delicate hand painting or inlaid with precious stones. The best hand were sculpted porcelain and precious stones, hand carved and recessed glass and a much higher value than their counterparts in blown glass today.

There is a good next to modern snuff bottles so do not turn a blind eye to what is available to craftsmen and glassmakers. Find snuff bottles Modern will sell well outside their area of origin, but be careful not to confuse old with new in your listings. Some enthusiasts collect snuff bottles regardless of age, while others want to antique bottles from one hundred years or more.

Although most quality snuff bottles were and still are made in China, some better designs also came from Japan, usually of carved ivory or hand applied lacquer.

The Chinese developed a technique "paint the inside of" his snuff bottle decorations to avoid broken or faded away, when called or to strong light or heat. The paint was applied by phosphorus in the form of bamboo poles with one end connected to reach inside the bottle, a painstaking process that took weeks or months, sometimes years.

The best of the creations of China and Japan are rare and very expensive especially since the artist's signature, as you will see the following recent results from eBay:

* Two former East enamel Snuff Bottles sold for $ 10,000. These were hand painted and types was the live auction.

* A decorated snuff bottle enamel on copper (Japanese I think) was $ 4750.00, also in the live auction. What surprises me here is the surprising lack of detail about the bottle, but the images were great and certainly raised a list of otherwise very poor.

* Two bottles of 19th century jade snuff manufactured in China to seek $ 4250.00 and $ 2100.00 respectively.

Many other Chinese 18th and 19th century bottles brought hundreds of dollars each and, in a long line of eastern snuff bottles, only one not to reach its reserve and was unsold.

Other things you should know about Snuff Bottles

* Snuff Bottles seldom without selling on eBay and, often look silly high prices. It really is the kind of thing you can buy at almost any price high or low, add your brand and get what you ask, and perhaps much more. Remember that if two people to a specific bid price in a local auction to which it is bound to find one more person in this great world willing to pay a little extra for the topic, perhaps more.

* The most expensive snuff bottles are made of porcelain of the late 1600s to mid 1700s.

* The smaller the hole in the top of the bottle, usually the best quality.

* Another important sign of quality is the size of the interior larger, usually more expensive than small holes.

* 'Overlay' is a description that applies to many valuable bottles and indicates another color, material or design has been applied to the bottle base. The most complex and valuable of the layer, the more expensive the bottle is likely to be.

* Quality glass bottles engraved, ivory or other materials, is in the detail and complexity of the size and quality of craftsmanship.

* Snuff bottles had separate CAP and sometimes their own small spoon. A bottle with a lid and spoon intact is worth at least two to three times the amount of snuff bottle items of partners.

* When shopping, compare bottle to the top and spoon, fine detail and design verification. Very often the separate parts of the bottles was associated incomplete, sometimes innocently to create a useful model, often fraudulently to maintain the value.

* If you can not say Chinese Japanese creations called "oriental" instead.

* Keep bottles free of the glare and heat, both of which materials from the sweat and the colors to fade, well as being unsightly cracks in thin layers of paint and other delicate lining.

* Look for small cracks and abrasion on enamel and coating, prevent them from being damaged. Snuff Bottle Collectors are meticulous, and even small irregularities can deplete value considerably.

* Be on guard against false porcelain 'and' ivory snuff bottles, which are commonly made of resin, hard plastic or bone. When you view the auction as confirming Articles are old, such as letters or receipts related to whatever is offered.

* Ignore ivory snuff bottles, especially modern creations. Ivory is often imported illegally and collected in truly inhumane way that few people seem acceptable, even the most enthusiastic collectors snuff bottle. Some countries tolerated ivory trade era, in others, the ivory of any age or form is prohibited from being sold or enter the country. So you might find for sale an ivory snuff bottle only to discover that seized by the authorities to end buyers.

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Avril Harper is a business writer and eBay PowerSeller who has produced several guides to making money from eBay, including MAKE MONEY TEARING UP OLD BOOKS AND MAGAZINES AND SELLING THEM ON EBAY which you can read about at:http://www.magstoriches.com 103 POWERSELLER TIPS can be downloaded with other freely distributable reports and eBooks at http://www.avrilharper.com

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