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Box, reel holder, Mauchline ware, detail of lid

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Mauchline ware box for cotton reels, detail of lid

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:0198.145
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Wood, sycamore (box); paper (lining); bone (thread holes)
Dimensions:
Diameter (base): 94 mm, height: 55 mm
What:
Box, reel holder, Mauchline ware, detail of lid
Subject:
The lid of this box is decorated with a portrait of Burns taken from the original by Alexander Nasmyth and the side with an interior view of his birthplace at Alloway.
Who:
W and A Smith (Mauchline, Ayrshire) (? maker)
Clark and Company (Paisley) (Cotton Thread Producers)
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (representation)
When:
Late 19th century
Where:
Robert Burns Centre, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
The lid of this box is decorated with a portrait of Burns taken from the original by Alexander Nasmyth and the side with an interior view of his birthplace 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.