Learn 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. Adding to the popularity of Mauchline ware, was the tourist market which was assisted by the building of railway lines to open up the country. The tourist wanted something small and easily transportable, as a memento of their holiday and named Mauchline ware souvenirs were produced for this market.

A variety of nick-nacks were made, including spectacle, needle and card cases; money, stamp, games and snuff boxes, egg timers, paper knives, napkin rings souvenir and Christmas ware. more...
These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.

Two Mauchline ware plates showing English country houses & scenes. Late 19th century. Diameter 22 cm each.

Vintage Scottish Mauchline ware egg cruet each egg cup decorated with a landmark scene, 23 cm high approx

Antique tartanware match box holder / Go-to-Bed McPherson tartan pattern, 7 cm high approx.

Mauchline ware card case, with scene of burns monumenttogether with a 'Remember Me: thread winder.

Mauchline thimble box with silver thimble by Charles Horner, Chester 1897

Three various pieces mauchline Ware, including cigarette box; lidded tube container; and lidded bowl. Height 9 cm (bowl)

Mauchline ware covered book, Sir Walter Scott, Lady of the Lake Published 1874

Three Scottish mauchline ware spill vases late 19th century, turned wood transfer Ware scenes and printed fernware design two with scenes, 'The Steam Boat Loch Katrine' and 'Brig O' Turk'. Height 38.5 cm (one vase base repaired)

Two antique mauchline ware wooden paper weights, approx 9 cm diameter(2)

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