Scottish Horn Snuff Mull


Scottish, horn snuff mull with Matthew Boulton ( 1729-1809) silver mounts and carvings of steam paddle boats (Watt) carved thistle on the end 4.0″ long assay marks for 1787 The silver mounts bear the makers marks for Matthew Bolton of Birmingham, England, the rest of the marks represent duty marks, ( George the 3rds head), the city mark (Birmingham), and the standard mark ( Lion Passant), the letter date which is slightly rubbed but appears to be a P in a shield suggests the date of 1787 which is perfectly correct for this mull. The engraving on the mull is of ships in the water of Leith which runs through Edinburgh and has three gaff rigged ships one of which is a paddle steamer. Matthew Bolton in 1775 invited the Scottish Engineer James Watt to join him in partnership, by 1797 their steam engines were exported world wide and used widely on paddle boats. Bolton and Watt engines became much of the driving force behind much of the Industrial Revolution.