Outstanding Mauchline Ware (Scottish) cribbage board, unusual in that it employs three different finishes commonly associated with this craft. First there are two transfer ware prints with different views of Buxton Gardens, a popular Derbyshire vacation spot in the 19th century and today. Second, there are tartan ware strips between the peg streets; I will not even hazard a guess at the family/clan. Finally, the playing cards in the center appear to have been created by a hand-colored lithographic process (i.e., probably not chromolithography). I have dated the board to 1860, in large part because the cards in the center have single-ended court cards, but it is quite possible that the board dates to the 1870s or even a bit later.
The effect of these different techniques on one piece is very striking, and this is by far the most engaging Mauchline Ware board I have ever seen. It came to me with three wood matchsticks for pegs, and I have fashioned a fourth matchstick peg of similar size. In my opinion, the best pegs for early U.K. treen cribbage boards of every description – including Tunbridge Ware and Mauchline Ware – are simple wood matchsticks of this kind, and these pegs really do work well, adapting to the unevenness of the peg holes. The pegs are housed at the two ends of the board, in holes covered by metal swivels. The board measures approximately 9.0" x 2.5"
The condition of the board is excellent. At some point in its history, the board has been French polished – a process that has protected the board very well, but that gives a slight gloss to the finish of the piece.
Reference: Trachtenberg and Keith, "Mauchline Ware: A Collector's Guide."
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