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Mauchline ware box

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:1974.13.267
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Wood, sycamore
Dimensions:
Height: 35 mm, width: 88 mm, depth: 68 mm
What:
Box, Mauchline ware
Subject:
This small trinket box has a push on lid which bears a black transfer printed image taken from Burns' poem 'Tam O' Shanter'. It shows Tam and his crony, Soutar Johnnie at their ease in the inn, before Tam begins his perilous journey home.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (representation (of his poem, 'Tam O' Shanter' and the character Souter Johnny))
W and A Smith (Mauchline, Ayrshire) (maker)
When:
Late 19th century
Where:
Robert Burns Centre, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
This small trinket box has a push on lid which bears a black transfer printed image taken from Burns' poem 'Tam O' Shanter'. It shows Tam and his crony, Soutar Johnnie at their ease in the inn, before Tam begins his perilous journey home.
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.