SUN & MOON SNUFF BOXES

 

These brass snuff-boxes date from the late 17th and early 19th Centuries.

The two arrows and the sun have to be turned to point in the correct directions, then the moon will slide and the lid can be opened.

The reverse of this box is inscribed "John Ware his Box".

 

The photo opposite shows how the simple but puzzling mechanism works.

 
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