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possibly bought at St Boswells Fair, St Boswells, Scottish Borders

Postcard of Figures.
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These two glazed earthenware ornamental figures were said to have been bought around 1837 at a fair at St Boswells in the Scottish Borders. They were known as 'fairings' - gifts from a fair.

Each figure represents a female child standing in front of a green bush.

At the close of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century, St Boswells fair was the largest in the south of Scotland for lambs, cattle horses, wool and general business. During a typical fair day between £8,000 and £10,000 changed hands.

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Online ID: 000-100-003-221-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 107
Date: Around 1837
c. 1837
Material: Glazed earthenware
Dimensions: 75 mm H x 30 mm W (base)
What: Figurine, ornamental
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Where: St Boswells
Description: Pair of glazed earthenware ornamental figures, each representing a female child standing on a circular base of green in front of a green bush, dated about 1837
  • Groome, Francis. Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland. London: William Mackenzie, around 1900, p 306. 
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