Mauchline ware snuff box

This snuff box was made from part of the bed on which Burn's died.  It has two engraved silver plaques on the sides, with pen and ink drawings on the lid and base - a portrait oval of Burns after the original by Naysmyth on the lid, and Burns Mausoleum on the base.   This is an early rare example of a snuff box with an integral wooden hinge.  It was made locally, around 1834.  Extensive use of the box has required the hinge to be partially replaced, this has been done with metal as the repairer was unsure of how to replace with a wooden hinge.   INSCRIPTIONS: lid - THE AYRSHIRE BARD / Born 25 Janry 1759 Died 22 July 1796 base - BURNS'S MAUSOLEUM   silver plate, front - THIS BOX / Is formed from part / of the bed in which the / Poet BURNS Died silver plate, back - PRESENTED / by / William Irving / TO / Robert Carson / 1831                                    
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Creator :
Alex Hardie
Place of Production :
Dunscore, Dalgonar
Dimensions :
height 31mm, width 113mm, depth 61mm
Materials :
wood (box), metal & steel (hinge), metal & silver (plaques)
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Dumfries & Galloway Council
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