Antique souvenir stamp box from Canoeing Canobie Lake New Hampshire
Circa 1900 Mauchline Ware with a transfer of the lake with canoes
The town of Mauchline was the home of a thriving industry devoted to the manufacture of boxes and other wooden souvenir items. These souvenirs are now referred to as “Mauchline Ware”. Many small towns in that area of Scotland manufactured Mauchline Ware. The box makers generally used wood from the Sycamore tree, also known as Scots Plane. A large variety of utilitarian pieces were produced. The souvenirs produced involved many of the Victorian pastimes of sewing, writing, games, smoking, etc. The souvenirs were decorated with transfers of scenic spots from around the globe.
2 ½ X 1 ¾ X 1 inch
The inside of the box has two compartments for stamps and has the name, Alex Hakanson RFD #2 Box 130a Haverhill Mass in writing around the edge of the top. I can see a name on the bottom, probably the store that sold it, but can’t read it.
CONDITION: Overall very good. Paper on the bottom is worn, a tiny rub on one corner , a few tiny dings, and light soil. Writing in pencil inside the lid. NOTE: The spot in the trees looks original to the print and my scans picked up every bit of patina, a nice box.
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