Silver plated snuff box from Lusitania

MMM.1990.6.2

Part of

Lusitania collection

About this object

Silver plated snuff box from Lusitania. It belonged to George Knill who was 16 years old and employed as a Sculleryman on board Lusitania when it was sunk. George Knill joined Lusitania’s crew as a sculleryman in April 1915, aged 16. He bought this silver plated snuffbox and also a teaspoon on board.
George survived and later met and married Mary Blythyn, daughter of Smokeroom Steward Robert Blythyn, who perished in the sinking. George and Robert never met during their time on Lusitania.
George died in 1931, aged 32, at Greenwich Seaman’s Hospital in a Lusitania-endowed bed.

Object specifics

  • Title
    Silver plated snuff box from Lusitania
  • Accession no.
    MMM.1990.6.2
  • Type
    Box
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date made
    1907 - 15
  • Materials
    Silver Plate
  • Location
    Merseyside Maritime Museum, First Floor, Lusitania: Life, Loss, Legacy
  • Measurements
    4.6 cm x 4.8 cm; 1 13/16 in x x 1 7/8 in
  • Collection
    From the Merseyside Maritime Museum collections
Object view = Social History
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