In the XVII century, the first snuff boxes were restricted to the wealthier classes who kept their tobacco herbs in them, much appreciated back then as an exotic remedy for the most diverse of ailments. Carved in porcelain, ivory, lacquer, enamel, glass... they were little works of art that harked back to small medicinal recipients. As their use became more popular, snuff containers came to be incorporated into everyday dress as an accessory that would hang from the waist.