"He called indeed for his box of snuff, which was a very high thing to take"
Victorian era snuff box
Public DomainVictorian era snuff box - Credit: Francis Crump

Snuff boxes were tiny decorative boxes used to dispense snuff, ground or pulverised tobacco leaves. Snuff was in common use in Europe by the 17th century. It was generally inhaled through the nose either directly from the fingers or by using specially made "snuffing" devices.