This enchanting trinket box, made of the ochre-coloured sycamore wood, was known as Mauchlin ware (pronounced mocklin). It was a form of souvenir ware made by the Smith family of Mauchline, Ayrshire in Scotland. The Victorians, when traveling abroad or in Scotland, loved and collected this ware.
Adorned with transfer ware scenes of landmarks, these Scottish wooden accessories date from about 1880-1900. Sold throughout the British Isles, it was also exported abroad.
Makers of Mauchline Ware employed photographic views taken in the latter part of the 19th century. But the delicate transfer ware was overwhelmingly preferred.
In the case of this box, the transfer ware woodland scene, with the trunk and roots of a tree standing in a stream, with flowers and ferns adorning the trunk, exhibits that appeal.
The transfer is in good condition with very minor scratches or age crazing. On the right of the scene, it appears that there is a tare. But this is NOT the case. The craftsman who made this box, chose a transfer that had a tare, rather like an old map, which gives the box a romance, just like the image on the box.
It has the original brass catch lock, and the wood is in wonderful condition, with only one small scratch. The bottom of the box has clearly had frequent use. The interior is quite basic, which makes me think it might have been used for cards or trinkets, rather than jewellery.
The box measures 6 ¼ inches across, 5 inches wide, and 2 ¼ inches high.
Victorian English Sycamore Wood Mauchlin box with Woodland Transfer Ware Scene
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