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Del. Museum Says Snuff Box From 1700s is Missing


WINTERTHUR, Del. (AP) - A Delaware museum says it's missing a centuries-old silver snuff box, but officials don't know if it's lost or stolen.

Officials at the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, which was founded by Henry Francis du Pont, say the heart-shaped box was noticed missing during a routine inventory last month. The box was made in the mid-1700s by a silversmith and was used to hold powdered tobacco or snuff.

Officials have reported it to the FBI's art crime team and to the Delaware State Police.

Winterthur spokeswoman Liz Farrell said that museum officials hope the item was maybe misplaced or hidden. She says it's rare for anything to be missing or stolen from the museum. She says the museum considers the box priceless.

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