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Horn Snuff Mull

Description:

This small curled snuff mull has a wooden lid with a cork interio forming a stopper. A metal hinge attaches the lid to the snuff mull.

 

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:1961.20.155
Digital Number:
DMDM139a-b
Copyright:
Dumfries and Galloway Council


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