The bottle is an oblong flattened flask form with sloping shoulders. It has a two-part dome-shaped stopper.
It is made of agate, pale yellow with a stopper of carnelian and yellow glass.
The foot is high and straight.
The decorative interest lies in the elegant shape and pure colour of the bottle.
The shape suggests a nineteenth-century date.
Snuff is powdered tobacco, usually blended with aromatic herbs or spices. The habit of snuff-taking spread to China from the West during the 17th century and became established in the 18th century. People generally carried snuff in a small bottle. By the 20th century these bottles had become collectors' items, owing to the great variety of materials and decorative techniques used in their production.