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Inkwell, a gift from Robert Burns to John Lapraik

Period:
18th Century
Description:

This inkwell is fashioned from a pony hoof. It was given by Robert Burns to his friend and mentor, John Lapraik, in 1793.

 

Lapraik was a farmer and fellow poet who befriended Burns and encouraged him to write in his early years.  Lapraik provided both the subject and inspiration for two of Burns' finest verse epistles, "First Epistle to John Lapraik" and "Second Epistle to John Lapraik".

 

The brass lid is engraved, "Presented to Mr Lapraik by his Much respected Friend Robt Burns".

Materials/Media:
horn, metal, iron, brass, silver
Dimensions:
height 65mm, width 87mm, depth 105mm
Source:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries
Accession number:
DUMFM:0198.265
Digital Number:
BHBN029a; BHBN029b
Creation Date:
c1793
Copyright:
Dumfries Burns Club


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