Rare Scottish Mauchline Ware Playing Card Box With Integral Hinge. C 1820
A pen work playing card box painted with a hound chasing a hare and with little flecks of red decoration on the natural sycamore and finished with a border of leaves. It is Scottish and has the hidden wooden hinge for which early Mauchline Ware is renowned. Inside there are five compartments. The central one contains a pen work decorated box which would have contained gaming counters. The four side compartments have the remains of ribbon which went under the packs of cards to make it easier to remove them. The inside of the lid is decorated with speckles of red and green. There is no maker's name. In excellent condition.