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Late 19th Century
Sizes: 15cm long – 6 ins long (max) – 11cm long – 4¼ ins long (min)
Many of these snuff spoons also served as hair-pins as can be seen in the lithographs of 'The Kaffirs Illustrated' (1849) by George French Angas. Sometimes as well as being used for personal adornment they would also be used as sweat scrapers and thus became an extremely personal object to the user.