We are pleased to offer this Two Piece Grouping of Victorian Mauchline Ware including a Knitting Needle Holder and Sewing Box. Mauchline Ware originated in South West Scotland in the town of Mauchline. The wood comes from the sycamore tree. Most of the pieces were decorated with scenes of castles, towns all over Scotland, as well as famous personalities and tourist attractions. Manufacture continued until 1933 when the last Mauchline Ware factory burned to the ground.
The box is decorated with Alloway Kirk. Alloway is a ruin in, South Ayrshire, Scotland, celebrated as the scene of the witches' dance in the poem Tam o' Shanter by Robert Burns. This would probably been a catch all sewing box. For buttons, thread and needles etc.
DIMENSIONS: box measures 8 1/8" x 4 ¼" x 2 ¼" CONDITION: normal wear as found in Mauchline There is one old non- moving or open crack that measures 1 ½" long
The second item in the grouping is a different "form" of Mauchline ware. One end is capped the other is open. This wonderful piece is missing it's plug on one end. It would originally be used for knitting needles. It has a signature in the center which states it was made of wood grown on the land of Abbotsford. There are 2 "decals" one for Edinburgh Castle and one for Holyrood Palace. Beginning is circa 1500, with Edinburgh recognized as Scotland's capital, her kings chose to live in Holyrood House, surrounded by parkland, rather than in the bleak Castle, high on a rock overlooking the town and exposed to the elements. The Queen's official residence in Scotland to this day is Holyrood palace
DIMENSIONS: The cylinder 6 5/8" long x about 7/8" wide.
CONDITION: other than the missing plug on one end there are no problems noted