Circular wooden snuff box

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Decorated with a scene from Robert Burns's poetry

Postcard of Circular wooden snuff box.
© National Museums Scotland

Circular wooden snuff box

This wooden snuff box, decorated with a scene from Robert Burns's poetry, dates from the early 19th century.

The lid has a scene from one of Burns's poems with the text underneath 'It is the moon, I ken her horn'.

Tobacco taking was popular in Scotland from the mid 17th century. Scots became addicted to it in all its forms, whether smoking, chewing or snuffing. Snuff was known as the 'sneeshin' and a snuff box was a 'sneeshin-mill'.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-585-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NQ 245
Date: Early 19th century
Material: Wood. Inscription: It is the moon, I ken her horn
Dimensions: 22 mm H x 84 mm Dia
What: Snuffbox
Subject: Tobacco pipes, snuff boxes (NMAS Classification)
Description: Circular wooden snuffbox inscribed "It is the moon, I ken her horn"
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