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Title:snuff box
Date Made:mid 19th century
Type:Personal Gear
Materials:composition, paint
Place Made:United States
Measurements:overall: 2 7/8 in; 7.3 cm
Accession Number:  HD 68.127
Credit Line:gift of Mrs. Rosalie B. Greene

Snuff box made of composition material, decorated on the lid with an 8-pointed star in red, green, and yellow; its has snuff or some other substance inside. The box belonged to Martha Eliza Sheldon (1818-1862), the daughter of Socrates Sheldon (1784-1840), son of Reuben Allen (b.1749) and a miller of many years at the "Meadow Mill" after 1822, who was descended from various Sheldons of Deerfield, Bernardston, and Leydon. Her mother was Experience Allen (b.1783) of Leyden, Mass. Martha married Alonzo Bates (1821-1903) of Deerfield in 1844, and they lived in South Deerfield.

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