Original Scottish Brass Mounted Horn Snuff Mull with Carved “Dog’s Head” Named to Lt. D. McDougal of the 84th Regiment - circa 1770
Original Item: One of a Kind. This is just lovely, a well carved wood cow's Horn Snuff Mull with a brass fitted horn hinged lid, with fantastic Dog's Head carved into the other end. The brass fitting on the lid also is in the shape of a Thistle, the National Emblem of Scotland. The fitting around the lid is engraved with L'T D. McDOUGAL 84'TH REG'T, with no other markings that we can find. Measures approximately 4” x 1 3/4” x 1 1/2", and is in really great shape. The lid still closes though the cork is worn, and it will not stay closed. Overall the piece has a fantastic worn look, and the Dog's Head is simply wonderful, though we suspect the eyes may have been added later.
The 84th Regiment of Foot (Royal Highland Emigrants) was a British regiment in the American Revolutionary War that was raised to defend present day Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada from the constant land and sea attacks by American Revolutionaries. The 84th Regiment was also involved in offensive action in the Thirteen Colonies; including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and what is now Maine, as well as raids upon Lake Champlain and the Mohawk Valley. The regiment consisted of 2,000 men in twenty companies. The 84th Regiment was raised from Scottish soldiers who had served in the Seven Years' War and stayed in North America. As a result, the 84th Regiment had one of the oldest and most experienced officer corps of any regiment in North America.
For more information please see the fantastic write up on Wikipedia here: 84th Regiment of Foot (Royal Highland Emigrants).
A very fine Snuff Mull named to an Officer on whom no research has yet been made that we can find. Ready to research and display!
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