This is a sweet wee piece of Mauchline Ware - it is a beautifully made miniature turned fruitwood round shaped box - which have been used on a Victorian desk to keep stamps in.
This piece has an old One Penny (Penny Red) Victorian stamp on the lid - sadly this has now faded quite a lot - and you can only just see the portrait of Queen Victoria on it. The wood is in "real life" more of a rich honey colour than suggested in my images. The lid of the box lifts on and off - it closes quite securely and is nice and tight.
The box is nicely made and has a little vignette of the West Front of Inveraray Castle on the base - or top (if you flip it over on display). Please also see my little antique wooden quaich in my Iconic Edinburgh online store which also features an image of Inveraray Castle.
Measurements: Diameter is 4.4 cm, and the height is 1.6 cm
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.
Inveraray Castle is a country house near Inveraray in the county of Argyll, in western Scotland, on the shore of Loch Fyne, Scotland’s longest sea loch. It is one of the earliest examples of Gothic Revival architecture (together with Strawberry Hill).
The Castle has been the seat of the Dukes of Argyll, chiefs of Clan Campbell, since the 18th century. The 2012 Christmas episode of Downton Abbey was partly filmed here; the castle portraying the fictional "Duneagle Castle".
The castle forms a dramatic backdrop to the celebrated Inveraray Highland Games held in July each year.
The wee box looks much nicer in real life than it does in my photographs - the wood is a nice honey colour!
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