Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Extremely Rare, Possibly Unique, John Adams Papier Mache Snuff Box. The first item of this type we have ever encountered for the second president. It would be nice to think this box could date from his Presidency, but we cannot recall seeing papier mache boxes in this style dating from much before the War of 1812. On the other hand, it seems unlikely that the box is from some sort of set of the Presidents, as we would have seen matching ones for other early Presidents. The most likely probability is that it was made in 1826 on the occasion of Adams' death. Various other items from that year marking the passage of both Jefferson and Adams were produced, and such boxes were made in numbers with various subjects during the 1820s. This example was apparently made in France for the American market (as were many manufactured goods at that time, particularly novelties), as the word "Depose" appears in tiny letters below Adams' name at the bottom. Condition is quite nice. There is a little minor rim wear, and a little of the typical fine surface crazing visible under magnification. But overall, above average condition for a box of this era. For collectors of early display items or for those trying to assemble a series of these boxes for presidents and statesmen, this is certainly a worthy acquisition for this prohibitively rare president. Diameter 3.4", Height .80".

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2005
    15th-16th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 498

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 November 1 - 2 Space Exploration - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Thanks a million for getting approval to sell my Civil War Hospital Death Ledger! You made them AND ME , a nice profit. You are the best!
    Ed W.,
    Mount Vernon, OH
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $619,240