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Souter Johnnie

Mauchline ware box

Period:
19th Century
Description:

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, Souter Johnnie at their ease in the inn, before Tam begins his perilous journey home.

 

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.  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.

Place of Production:
Mauchline, Ayrshire
Materials/Media:
wood, sycamore
Dimensions:
height 35mm, width 88mm, depth 68mm
Source:
Robert Burns Centre
Accession number:
DUMFM:1974.13.267
Digital Number:
BCBN023n
Creation Date:
late 19th century
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council