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Horn Snuff Mull (1)

Description:

The stopper on the inside of this snuff mull is made from cork and the lid is decorated with silver. There is a silver edging along the top of the horn with the name "A Menzies" engraved at the front. There may be a small plaque missing from the lid.

 

From the 17th to early 20th century snuff, a form of ground tobacco, was commonly used in Scotland. People carried small snuff boxes, but such was demand for snuff, larger vessels called snuff mulls were manufactured for use in the home. These were often made from rams' horns as this material kept the snuff dry. They were often decorative pieces made to place on a table to impress guests.

 

Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:0213.10
Digital Number:
DMDM140a-c
Copyright:
Dumfries and Galloway Council


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