Ram's head snuff mull; CS/2551


Toitū Otago Settlers Museum


Ram's head snuff mull

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Ornamental snuff box set in a sheep's head. It has silver thistle terminations on the horns and a rabbit's foot pendant on a silver chain. The box is also of silver with thistle ornamentation and a large amber coloured piece of cut glass in the lid. Label on object's box suggests it was manufactured for the Mosgiel Woollen Company. Mounted on castors to roll down the dinner table, the snuff mull is set into the top of the head. This is decorated in repousse relief of Scottish thistles. It is complete with a tiny rake to scratch up the snuff, the rabbit's foot on the silver chain for the gentlemen to wipe their moustaches and a little spoon to scoop up snuff. It was made in Edinburgh in 1875 and originally included in a display set up by the Mosgiel Woollen company in the 1889-1890 NZ Exhibition in Dunedin. It was featured in the exhibition 'The Scots in New Zeland' at Te Papa Tongarewa 2007-2010.

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