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Scottish Rams Horn Snuff Mull c1820

 

Heading : A Scottish rams horn snuff mull 
Date :
1820
Period :
George III
Origin :
Scotland
Decoration :
Hollow rams horn with provincial silver hinged lid.
Size :  
7.5cm Length
Condition :
Excellent. The lid fits well and the hinge is good
Restoration :
None
Weight :  
47g

The Scottish took to snuffing much earlier than those south 'o the border but it was not made from tobacco. Dried sneezewort was used in traditional medicine for everything from toothache to flu. This powder was known as sneeshin and it was kept in a “miln” to keep it dry. This is recorded in the 15th century.

Victorian examples were often decorated with cairngorm stones. These are notoriously difficult to date. The fact that this does not have a polished interior or cabuchon set stone indicates that it is first third of the 19th century, possibly earlier. Many thanks to Iain the " Edinburgh Mull Man" for his assistance with this. We have learned that most mulls were made by coopers who had all the requisite tools for steaming the horn and forming the hinges rather than specialist silversmiths.

 

 

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  • Product Code: 2019091919
  • Availability: Sold
  • £275.00

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