Antique Scottish Rams Horn Snuff Mull Box with Silver Lid & Queen Anne Shilling (Code 1534)
A large and particularly interesting Scottish snuff mull. It has a curled rams horn body and is set with a substantial silver lid which has chased and repousse work of thistles. The top is set with a large stone which is perhaps a citrine. There is also a dedication plaque in the shape of shield which is inscribed 'A Token of Esteem to Mr [perhaps Jas and short for James] Anderson Nov 7th 1845. The dating is quite handy as this item does not appear to have a hallmark which is not uncommon for these items. The inside of the mull has a base plate to prevent the snuff going down too far. This is not particularly unusual but in this case it appears to be a Queen Anne period silver shilling, which certainly is rare. Unfortunately the coin is quite rubbed and I can't make out the date. Some silver Queen Anne shillings were minted in Edinburgh and this may be the connection here with this item. The date of the coin, being early 1700's, significantly pre dates the mull so was retasked for use in this item. A very nice large example with a substantial silver lid and the very interesting early coin inset.
Normal minor wear and rubbing of the silver. Normal age related light scuffs and scratches to the body and one small patch of horn surface flaw or repair - see image 8. Normal wear to interior and early inset coin is very rubbed.
Length: 9.8 cm ( 3 7/8 inch )
Width: 4.1 cm ( 1 5/8 inch ) max horn diameter just below lid
Weight: 128 grams (before packing)
Stock Code: 1534 JN19-1
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