Box, Snuff


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Inventory Number


Physical Description

Round snuff box that appears to be made out of a synthetic material (celluloid) that is meant to imitate a mineral. The lid has a ballooning scene inset into the center. The scene represents the first public launch of a Montgolfier balloon from Annonay, France, on June 4, 1783. The crowd is shown, along with the open fire and two tall poles to hoist the balloon up for inflation. The scene appears to be painted on ivory, based on the grain in the material. The scene is framed in a copper alloy and under clear plastic.

Credit Line

Gift of the Norfolk Charitable Trust


Box, Snuff


Overall (Dia. x W): 7.6 × 2.5cm (3 × 1 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum



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