The actual horn snuff mull has the typical external appearance with the addition of two eyes at the narrow end to give the impression of a snake or serpent. The horn lid has a decorative brass hinge and when opened is lined with a thick cork to seal the mull when closed. Of particular interest is an attached inscription on the inside which implies that this was made by the owner’s uncle and is dated 1810. The full names and writing are a little hard to make out but the date is quite clear. Various containers were made for snuff and horn was frequently used as in this example but much larger pieces were made for ceremonial and club usage. The condition is good for age although there is a slight chip on one side of the lid and some very slight unevenness of the edges. This would be a most interesting example to add to a collection of snuff boxes or snuff-related collectibles. Maximum length 5 ins (12.6cm), width 3 ins (7.5cm). Weight 116 grams. This item can be seen in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 182.
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