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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  

Origin: Scotland

Circa: 1830

Materials: Wood

Size: 3.5"x2.2".9x5.5cm.

Condition: Wear 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.'


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'weel done, Cutty Sark'


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