The following description was prepared by William Gross:
Such snuff boxes were used at Sabbath and festival synagogue prayers. During long hours of prayer, snuff boxes were passed around to the participants as a stimulant to maintain alertness and concentration. This example is designed in the form of a book with a rounded spine and a gilded interior. The front illustration is the rather standard depiction of the Kotel, the Western Wall, but the bottom carries an engraving of the Dome of the Rock, which represents the Temple Mount for Jews as a symbol for hundreds of years.