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Description: A Scottish box with the typical wooden hinge and
many other typical features of its area of origin. The box was made
most probably in Mauchline, Ayrshire. The reason for this is the
decoration, which features poems and scenes from the poetry of
Robert Burns (1759-96) the Scottish bard who was born at Alloway.
The neiborliness of this famous poet, inspired the artists of
Mauchline to use his work for inspiration. The top is
adorned with a penwork picture of a young couple with their faithful
dog and a printed version of a love poem. The back is much more
sinister with a scene from Tam O'Shanter, Burns' poem which
describes Tam escaping from the clutches of witches. The fill-in
background features the Scottish thistle.
Traces of original lining
everywhere except top. In places the wood shows through.
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'If heav'n a draught of
heav'nly pleasure spare,
'One cordial in this melancholy vale,
''Tis when a youthful, loving, modest pair,
'In others arms breth out tender tale,
'Beneath the milk white thorn that scents the ev'ning gale.'
'weel done, Cutty Sark'
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