M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
PAPIER MACHE & RELIEF-CARVED TREEN TAM O'SHANTER SNUFF BOX
Scotland, 19th Century
Of rectangular lidded form, the lacquered papier mache box with hinged lid, the lid inset with a white-metal
rimmed carved rectangle, depicting Tam O'Shanter from Ayr, relating to his companions his frightful tale when,
under the influence of "John Barleycorn", he saw a dreadful vision on the way home, and was forced
to flee for his life from witches until he reached the bridge's key-stone, which they could not pass.
(from the poem by Robert Burns)
Now, who this tale of truth shall
Each man, and mother’s son, take heed:
Whenever to drink you are inclined,
Or short skirts run in your mind,
Think! you may buy joys over dear:
Remember Tam O' Shanter’s mare.
(the Witch got the end of Maggie's tale, leaving "poor Maggie scarce a stump". )
Condition : Rubbing to the base and corners of the box; several chips to the interior;
white metal rim missing from two sides of the lid carving; several pins missing from the other
1.25" High x 4.25" Long x 3" Deep
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