A traditional Cornish good luck charm.
This charm is a horn-shaped phial containing magical herbs to bring good luck and prosperity, empowered using a traditional ritual. It has a silver rope chain so that it can be worn as a pendant.
The horn shape, a symbol of the strength of horned animals, has been associated with good luck and protection since ancient times. A horn-shaped charm is usually known as a cornicello or cornetto, from the Italian words for ‘little horn’. We have similar charms on display in the museum, made of coloured glass or coral.
The phial is approximately 3.5cm (1.25″) tall, and the chain is approximately 46cm (18″) long.