Rare mid nineteenth century Thewa Pratapgarh snuff box c.1830.


Rare and exceptionally fine Thewa snuff box. Pratapgarh, Rajasthan.

This exceptional box was produced in India in the Pratapgarh region of Rajasthan in the early – mid nineteenth century. Thewa was invented in around 1767 by Nathu ji Soni and involves the fusing of high grade gold into glass, a secret that is only passed down the direct bloodline of the family. Although Thewa is produced today, it is mainly used for jewellery production, as the costs of proucing larger items are extreme. Even in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries items were highly prized and often given by high ranking dignitaries as gifts to visiting royalty anfd people of rank. This superb and rare snuff box shows a hunt, with boar and deer as the quarry. The box opens to as plain silver gilt interior.

This extremely rare Thewa box is 7.5cm wide, 5cm deep and stands 2.1cm high. (Measurements approximate). It is in good condition, showing wear appropriate to its age. It has no damage and no restoration.