Mauchline ware frogmouth spectacle case

Catalogue Number: 2610
Mauchline ware frogmouth spectacle case
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacle case
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1890
Time Period: 19th C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Mauchline, Scotland
Publisher/Manufacturer: W and A Smith
Description Of Item: Mauchline ware frogmouth spectacle case, 145 x 40 mm, made from sycamore timber, varnished, and with transfer images of views of Ilfracombe, Devon, on both front and back of the case. The case is lined with green velvet
Historical Significance: Mauchline is a small town in East Ayrshire, Scotland. In the 18th century. It was renowned for clock making which declined in the 19th century. The production of box-work or Mauchline ware took place from the 1820s until 1933 by the firm of W & A Smith. These boxes are extremely collectable. They were characterised by a transfer on each piece having the view of the place of purchase. The wood used was Sycamore. These products were sent all over the world. A fire in 1933 stopped production, which was never restarted.
How Acquired: Donated by Michael Airken, honorary archivist
Date Acquired: May 2015
Condition: Very good

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