Mauchline Ware is wooden souvenir items which were manufactured in Scotland, primarily in factories in or near Mauchline and predominantly made of sycamore. The items have various finishes in a large variety of applications. Most Mauchline Ware products have transfers or photographs of popular tourist locations. There were also finishes with tartan, fern and black lacquer (as on offer here).
This is a collectable little black lacquer box - it is a Victorian souvenir which you would have purchased in Linlithgow when on your travels around Scotland. Today, the town is best known for the its fabulous ruinous Renaissance Palace - which was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots.
This box has a hinged lid with a little round printed image of the Palace (original to the box) stuck and varnished onto the lid - and beside it little images of Victorian flowers.
It is in good antique condition and the black lacquer is nice and shiny with no losses - there is a little fine brass closing clip at the front of the box - as photographed. A nice clean wooden interior and black coloured bass. Any marks which appear to be on the box - rest assured these are merely reflections on the shiny black lacquer surface.
Measurements: The box measures 9 x 6 x 4.5 cm
A nice little example of a Mauchline ware souvenir box.
HISTORY: Mauchline Wares are Scottish wooden items which date from about the 1880s - until the 1900s. They are generally wooden souvenirs and giftware - made of fruitwoods and decorated with black transfer designs. The scenes are usually of landmarks and popular towns - and spots favoured by tourists. They were very popular in their day and many pieces were exported globally.
The centre of the Mauchline Ware industry is the small village of Mauchline - which is located 11 miles inland from the Scottish coastal resort of Ayr. At its peak over 400 people were involved in the manufacture of these small (but always beautifully made) wooden souvenirs. Similar products were also made in Lanark - but most of the pieces are known by the generic name of Mauchline Ware.
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