An early 20th century taxidermy tortoise snuff box

A wonderful, very unusual taxidermy tortoise casket.

These were generally intended for use as snuff mulls, though they make great caskets for anything.

This piece is so cleverly made, the body being a real tortoise shell with the head and legs made of brass.

The storage cavity is edged in plaited brass and is fully lined in brass too. It’s so characterful! 

A fascinating and curious piece.



All approximate

Overall length 18cm

Overall width 10cm

Skull is life size for scale 


Condition: Where there are specific points to note we will detail these as far as possible but please be aware that all our items have wear commensurate with age and are as seen in the photographs. If you require any specific information please do not hesitate to get in contact. 

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