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Robert Burns

Mauchline ware snuff box

Period:
19th Century
Description:

This snuff box was made from part of the bed on which Burn's died.  It has two engraved silver plaques on the sides, with pen and ink drawings on the lid and base - a portrait oval of Burns after the original by Naysmyth on the lid, and Burns Mausoleum on the base.

 

This is an early rare example of a snuff box with an integral wooden hinge.  It was made locally, around 1834.  Extensive use of the box has required the hinge to be partially replaced, this has been done with metal as the repairer was unsure of how to replace with a wooden hinge.

 

INSCRIPTIONS:

lid - THE AYRSHIRE BARD / Born 25 Janry 1759 Died 22 July 1796

base - BURNS'S MAUSOLEUM

 

silver plate, front - THIS BOX / Is formed from part / of the bed in which the / Poet BURNS Died

silver plate, back - PRESENTED / by / William Irving / TO / Robert Carson / 1831                                
   

Place of Production:
Dunscore, Dalgonar
Materials/Media:
wood (box), metal & steel (hinge), metal & silver (plaques)
Dimensions:
height 31mm, width 113mm, depth 61mm
Source:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries
Accession number:
DUMFM:0198.447
Digital Number:
BHBN089n
Creation Date:
c1834
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council