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SOLD - Double Horn, Sterling Silver Table Snuff Mull - Antique Victorian

A fine and impressive antique Victorian double horn, sterling silver table snuff mull; part of our silverware collection

SKU: W3558
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SOLD - Double Horn, Sterling Silver Table Snuff Mull - Antique Victorian
SOLD - Double Horn, Sterling Silver Table Snuff Mull - Antique Victorian


This impressive Victorian table snuff mull has a pair of horn mulls supported by a sterling silver stand realistically modelled in the form of the front part of an ox.

The mulls are joined together with two upper and one lower sterling silver thread decorated bands.

The lower band is ornamented with a shield shaped cartouche which has a bright cut engraved scroll decorated border around a central bright cut engraved Royds* family crest of a leopard sejant, gorged with a collar, the dexter fore-paw resting on a pheon above the latin motto 'Semper Paratus' (Always Ready).

The uppermost of the two shaped scroll decorated brackets connecting two horns supports a hinged disc which displays the retailer's marks 'J Whipp, silversmith jeweller'.

The horn mulls are fitted with impressive silver mounts with scroll shaped thumbpieces.

The lower portion of each mount is embellished with a band of bright cut engraved scrolling acanthus leaf decoration.

The hinged hallmarked covers display engraved inscriptions which read:

'To Clement Royds Esq. of Mount Falinge. The horns of the ox purchased by subscription, roasted whole, and given to the poor of Rochdale, in celebration of his appointment to the Office of High Sherriff of the County of Lancaster, 1850., are presented by the Gentlemen whose names are annexed and who superintended the rejoicings on that occasion, as a trifling memorial of the high esteem in which he has for many years been held by his fellow townsmen.'



Mr Robt Routledge

Mr Chas Walker

" Jas Lord

" Jn Petrie Junr

" Hy Taylor

" Thos Leah

Mr Rich Roberts

" Wadkin Francis

" Hy Redford

" Josh Tomlinson

" Sam Hoyle

Treasurer Mr Matthew Weston

Secretary Mr Robt Rayner

Nov 1st 1850.'

The mounts open to reveal hallmarked gilt interiors.

Date: 1850


The silver mounts are a very good gauge of silver, fine quality and in excellent condition in keeping with their age.

A couple of securing pins have pulled through the bands, which however, remain very secure.

Full hallmarks struck to the rim and interior of each cover and to the interior of the wells are all clear.

The lion passant mark struck to the body of the ox is also clear.

Reflections in photography may detract from the true representation of this item.


Height to top of mull mount 21.7cm/8.6"

Height of ox 17.5cm/6.8"

Width across mulls 14.5cm/5.7"

Width from tip of ox nose to mull terminals 27.5cm/10.8"

* Clement Royds was one of the earliest Rochdale bankers.

As High Sherriff, Royds was the county representative of the Monarch of England.

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Andrew Campbell started trading in antiques during the 1970s. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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