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All about mauchline ware

Mauchline ware is the name given to small wooden items, produced in the town of Mauchline near Kilmarnock in Scotland from about the 1820s by the firm of W & A Smith and were originally decorated with hand painted and hand drawn designs such as tartan, landscape and Scottish scenes and ferns, and then after about 1850 with transfer prints, which were coated with clear varnish.

Most items were made from sycamore wood, which is a close grained pale coloured (almost white) timber in its unpolished state.

Its popularity increased after visitors to the Great Exhibition in 1851 had admired the Mauchline ware on display. more...

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