Souvenir box, with view of Burns' Cottage, Alloway, Ayrshire

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probably made in Mauchline, Ayrshire

Postcard of Souvenir box, with view of Burns' Cottage, Alloway, Ayrshire.
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Souvenir box, with view of Burns' Cottage, Alloway, Ayrshire

This varnished wooden souvenir box was probably produced by the firm of W & A Smith in Mauchline in Ayrshire. It is transfer-printed with a view of Burns' Cottage in Alloway in Ayrshire and dates from the late 19th century.

The base is inscribed, 'MADE OF WOOD/WHICH GREW/On the Banks of the Doon/BOUGHT IN THE COTTAGE'.

The firm of W & A Smith is said to have started in the early 1820s. Initially they made snuff boxes and razor strops (straps for sharpening razors). By 1841 they were selling tartan souvenir wares and in 1850 they published their 'Authenticated Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland'. From around 1860 to 1930 they produced vast quantities of souvenirs including boxes, table and desk accessories, and sewing items. The souvenirs were transfer-printed with views of British towns and cities, seaside resorts and exhibitions. Similar items, decorated appropriately, were produced for export to Europe, India, Australia and North America. The factory remained in business until a fire in 1933.

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Online ID: 000-180-000-073-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEW 109
Date: Late 19th century
Material: Wood, yellow varnished. Inscription: On lid: BURNS' COTTAGE / On base: MADE OF WOOD / WHICH GREW / On the Banks of the Doon / BOUGHT IN THE COTTAGE.
Dimensions: 0.60" H x 1.90" D
What: Box, souvenir
Subject: Nineteenth-century wooden souvenirs (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Ayrshire, Alloway, Burns' Cottage
Scotland, Ayrshire, River Doon
Description: Round box of yellow varnished wood with a pull-off lid on which is a transfer picture of Burns' Cottage
  • Evans, G. Souvenirs From Roman Times to the Present Day. Edinburgh: NMS Publishing Ltd, 1999, pp 47-8. 
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