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Auctioneer's hammer, used at the sale of the effects of Jean Armour Burns

Introduction:
This auctioneer's hammer was used by the Dumfries auctioneer, John Richardson, at the sale of the effects of Jean Armour Burns, the poet's widow, following her death in 1834.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:0198.454
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Wood
Dimensions:
Length: 235 mm; width (head): 75 mm; diameter (head): 45 mm
What:
Hammer, gavel
Subject:
The sale therefore created much interest, it took place over two days and was reported in great detail in the local newspaper. Many of the family's possessions which can now be seen in Burns House are mentioned.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (used at the sale of his wife's effects (1834))
Jean Armour Burns (1765 - 1834) (used at the sale of her effects (1834))
John Richardson, Auctioneer (Dumfries) (use (at the sale of the effects of Robert Burns' widow, Jean Armour Burns))
When:
1834 (date of auction)
Where:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
The sale therefore created much interest, it took place over two days and was reported in great detail in the local newspaper. Many of the family's possessions which can now be seen in Burns House are mentioned.
Description:
Jean continued to live in the family home in Burns Street after her husband's early death in 1796. By the time of her own death in 1834 the house had become a place of pilgrimage and relics of Robert Burns and his family were treasured and preserved.