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Galloway Travellers

Francie Marshall

Period:
Early 20th Century
Description:
This bonneted figure clipping a sheet of horn with a pair of shears is Francie Marshall from Kirkcowan. Horn working, especially carving and turning horn spoons, was a traditional tinkler craft.

Cow horns were mostly used; rams’ horns are more difficult to work, though more durable. Like the tailors of old who went out to “whip the cat” for months at a time, the Marshalls travelled from farm-house to farm-house working up the rams’ horns for farmers for board and so much money.
Place of Production:
Newton Stewart area
Materials/Media:
glass lantern slides
Dimensions:
31/4" x 31/4" (82mm x 82mm)
Source:
Stranraer Museum
Accession number:
N2000_04_32
Digital Number:
SRPG071n
Creation Date:
around 1905
Copyright:
The Artist's Family