Souvenir tumbler container, with view of Burns' Monument, Alloway, Ayrshire

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probably made in Mauchline, Ayrshire

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Souvenir tumbler container, with view of Burns' Monument, Alloway, Ayrshire

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

Container for a small tumbler, of yellow varnished wood with a transfer picture of Burns' monument in Alloway

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: 000-180-000-068-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEW 48
Date: Late 19th century
Material: Wood, yellow varnished. Inscription: BURNS' MONUMENT
Dimensions: 2.90" H
What: Container, tumbler
Subject: Nineteenth-century wooden souvenirs (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Ayrshire, Alloway, Burns' Monument
  • Evans, G. Souvenirs From Roman Times to the Present Day. Edinburgh: NMS Publishing Ltd, 1999, pp 47-8. 
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