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Mauchline ware snuff box, detail of base

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:1964.97.2.A
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Wood, sycamore
Dimensions:
Height: 23 mm, width: 70 mm, depth: 34 mm
What:
Snuff box, Mauchline ware
Subject:
The base of this box is decorated with a photographic views of Burns Statue in the High Street, Dumfries.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (representation (of statue of him))
W and A Smith (Mauchline, Ayrshire) (maker)
When:
Late 19th century
Where:
Robert Burns Centre, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
The base of this box is decorated with a photographic views of Burns Statue in the High Street, Dumfries.
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.