This informative little book on the highly collectable Scottish souvenir ware was written by John Baker, who has been collecting Mauchline ware since the early 70's. As a former chairman of the Mauchline Ware Collectors Club he is well qualified to write on this subject. He begins by giving an interesting account of the origin of this manufacturing industry, which in its heyday in the 1860's employed around 400 people. He explains how its original snuff box production grew into a massive range of products which included virtually anything small and useful, as long as it could be made out of wood! A few chapters outline the different styles of Mauchline ware. Most of these pages are devoted to transfer ware, which is considered to be true souvenir ware and is the style in which most items were made. Also described are photographic ware, tartan ware, fern ware and the lesser known black laquer ware, seaweed ware and coloured fern ware. The book is jam packed with black and white photographs (58), showing over 170 items of Mauchline ware. It concludes with a small biblography of further reading and suggestions of places to visit to view Mauchline ware. Excellent value.
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