Souvenir box, with view of Hastings

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made in Mauchline, Ayrshire

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Souvenir box, with view of Hastings

This souvenir box was produced by the firm of W & A Smith in Mauchline in Ayrshire. Made of varnished sycamore, it dates from the late 19th century

The box lid has been transfer printed with a view of 'THE BEACH, HASTINGS'.

From around 1860 to 1930 W & A Smith 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: 000-180-002-002-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  K.1998.473
Date: c. 1860
Late 19th century
Material: Sycamore; varnished; transfer-printed; circular; small
What: Box / souvenir
Who: W. and A. Smith, Mauchline, Ayrshire (Maker)
Where: England, East Sussex, Hastings (The Beach)
Scotland, Ayrshire, Mauchline
Description: Small circular souvenir box in varnished, transfer-printed sycamore showing The Beach, Hastings: Scottish, Ayrshire, by W. and A. Smith, Mauchline, c. 1860 - 1910
  • Evans, G. Souvenirs From Roman Times to the Present Day. Edinburgh: NMS Publishing Ltd, 1999, pp 47-8. 
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