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Last week’s What Is It? item, from Archive An­tiques in New Town, was a snuff spoon carved from whale bone.

Peter Brown con­firmed my sus­pi­cions that the tiny holes in the spoon were to al­low air to flow through the spoon, mak­ing in­hal­ing the stuff an eas­ier process. Keith Brown was the fastest in with the cor­rect an­swer, promptly fol­lowed by Peter Brown, Adrian Jack, Iso­bel Wil­liams and Judi Bret­toner. And while sniff­ing snuff isn’t ex­actly the nicest of habits oth­ers sug­gested it might be used for even more in­ti­mate prac­tices such as for re­mov­ing ear­wax, or even a nose picker!

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