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History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications
from the first submarine cable of 1850 to the worldwide fiber optic network

Memorabilia & Ephemera

1858 Snuff Box

Measuring 8 cm wide by 5 cm deep by 1.8 cm high (3" x 1 7/8" x 5/8"), this brass snuff box appears to be a one-of-a-kind piece.

The box lid has a section of the 1858 Atlantic cable inset into the lid, which is inscribed "J. Dunn, Red Lion, Southsea". The box lid is also engraved with representations of the American and British flags.

-- Bill Burns


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Last revised: 18 January, 2012

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The Atlantic Cable website is non-commercial, and its mission is to make available on line as much information as possible.

You can help - if you have cable material, old or new, please contact me. Cable samples, instruments, documents, brochures, souvenir books, photographs, family stories, all are valuable to researchers and historians.

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