I'm collecting thoughts on snuffboxes, as always. Now, we all know that silver, brass, and wood are pretty standard materials, but what about horn? I seem to read a great deal suggesting that horn boxes were fairly common. I've seen a few cranked out in India, and the quality is simply atrocious (can't believe I p*ssed away money to have samples of junk shipped half-way around the world), but I know of a few horn workshops (not in India) that do pretty solid work.
It's the hinges that worry me the most, so I suppose they'd have to be table-top items, unless there was some as-yet undiscovered demand for tall, cylindrical horn snuff bottles, where hinges aren't an issue, and one can thread the exterior of the container, the interior of the lid, and apply a cork seal.
What about those socttish pocket-mulls? Those could be made without too much trouble, and could be made to work quite well without too much trouble. I've seen the retail on them, and it's shocking. Is there a possible demand for such things, or are they strictly collectibles?
Oh, and I'm working on getting the silversmith who provided the samples to work on putting decent hinges on the boxes, and changing them to roughly rectangular or oval profiles.