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Mauchline ware box, detail of lid (1)

Introduction:
Throughout the 19th century the cult of Burns rose to huge proportions. Images derived from his life and work, and of the poet himself were frequently used in domestic ornamentation and were to be found in most Scottish homes.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:1976.29.3
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Wood, sycamore (box); metal (hinge/clasp); textile, cord (trim)
Dimensions:
Height: 48 mm: width: 120 mm, depth: 70 mm
What:
Box, Mauchline ware
Subject:
It is decorated with three black transfer prints The lid illustrates the birthplace of Robert Burns at Alloway while the front has images of Alloway Kirk and the Burns Monument at Alloway.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (representation (of his birthplace))
W and A Smith (Mauchline, Ayrshire) (maker)
When:
Late 19th century
Where:
Robert Burns Centre, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
It is decorated with three black transfer prints The lid illustrates the birthplace of Robert Burns at Alloway while the front has images of Alloway Kirk and the Burns Monument at Alloway.
Description:
W and A Smith of Mauchline, Ayrshire developed the manufacture of transfer printed treen, or wooden ware which became highly popular as gifts and souvenirs. This box claims to be 'Made Of Wood Which Grew Near Alloway Kirk'.