Q. Can you explain the meaning of a Scotch Mull? A. It was a snuff box carved from ram's horn in the 1700s. Q. What is meant by Venitian glass? Why is there so much on the market now? A. It is glass made in Venice and Murano, some of the finest and most beautiful in the world. Because wages are low there, the glass can be turned out by the carload. Look in gift shops and department stores. Q. We inherited what is called a wall vitrine. It amounts to a common corner cabinet. Why does it have such a fancy name? A. I don't know the origin of the word vitrine. But until the early 1900s that was the word for a corner hanging wall cabinet used to store glasses. Q. Is there another meaning to the word laquear? Our grandparents used it in regard to the ceiling. A. Originally, it meant nothing more than putting the ceiling into a room. It has nothing to do with decorative effects. Q. We have just bought a desk table. How did it get that name? A. It is quite simple. The first were tables onto which were placed closed desks that could be opened later for use. Q. In an old trunk we found some material marked "dowles." What's the meaning of the term? A. It was the name used for home-spun or rough cloth in America until 1870. Q. We have just finished our house in Early American. Can you give the meaning of becket? A. It was a rope handle for pots and pans and was used as handles on pioneer furniture. It went out of favor in the late 1700s.