Wednesday, 9 January 2013

DRAWN TO PRINT


Perhaps you've heard of Mauchline ware? Victorian souvenirs, often boxes, made in Scotland from wood. These collectable objects come in all shapes and sizes and are typically decorated with printed designs.

Here is an egg, two inches high and made to hold a thimble.

This book of romantic poetry has a wooden cover decorated with ferns.

Sometimes a wooden thread holder is covered with a flowery chintz pattern.

A tartan bottle, also made to hold a thimble.


Could this piece recently bought at a fair be the rarest pattern of all? I've certainly never found it before...


...I can't imagine what drew me to it. Grrr!

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15 comments:

  1. Is it a string holder? the pattern is certainly unusual, and I cannot for the life of me imagine what attracted you to it!!!

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    1. Top marks, Rosemary - it is a string box!

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  2. What an interesting collection.
    While I had heard of mauchline ware I hadn't given it that much thought however this post has certainly opened my eyes.
    I think that my favourite among those you have chosen to show is the tartan bottle/thimble holder (I presume it is quite small) although the wooden book cover is also very nice.

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    1. These pieces come in all sorts of shapes and patterns - the tartan bottle is about 2 inches high. These novelty pieces are great fun. I have also seen tartan needle cases shaped like miniature Georgian knife boxes.

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  3. I love these little works of art. Like you though, I am especially drawn to the last one. It is a beauty and matches my shoes today!

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  4. Tartan and leopard, oh my. One of each, please.

    You were definitely styling in that leopard coat, dear.

    Enjoyed seeing that "little" collection.

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    1. Thank you for looking! I'm pleased to have found your blog and enjoyed your visit to York.

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  5. I've never heard of these things before either - but I love them. I'm fond of things made of wood and lovely little details, so an absolute winner. Great photos. And you do so suit each other! Axx

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    1. LL - you are so witty! As your teacher probably once said on your school report:
      "We expect great things of Linda!"

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    2. Err... 'Could do better!'

      Story of my life really.

      LLX

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  7. Those are some very fine examples.

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    1. It's such fun finding them too, isn't it!

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