Coloured wooden wool holder

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From Mauchline, Ayrshire

Postcard of Coloured wooden wool holder.
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Coloured wooden wool holder

This wooden wool holder painted with a tartan pattern was made by W. & A. Smith in Mauchline in Ayrshire. It dates from the second half of the 19th century and is an example of their highly popular tartan souvenir wares.

The wool holder consists of two separate halves with a hole in the top half through which to thread the wool.

In 1850 W. & A. Smith published their 'Authenticated Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland', providing critical authority for 69 different tartans and simultaneously publicising their technique for printing tartan on their wares.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-211-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEW 40
Date: Second half of the 19th century
Material: Wood, green and red painted tartan
Dimensions: 3.85"
What: Holder, wool
Subject: Nineteenth-century wooden souvenirs (NMAS Classification)
Who: Prince Charles Edward Stuart or Charles Edward Stewart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) (tartan)
W. and A. Smith, Mauchline (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Ayrshire, Mauchline
Description: Wool-holder of wood, painted in green and red tartan and varnished, made by W. and A. Smith, Mauchline, Ayrshire, late 19th century
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