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25 Feb 2018

Part III: 50 interesting objects

Finger mats with bird illustrations
Finger mats
There are many intriguing and eye-catching artefacts in our collections.

1. Propeller

A propeller from a bi-plane that brought down a Zeppelin near London in 1916
A propeller from a bi-plane that brought down a Zeppelin near London in 1916

2. Plate warmer

 A ‘japanned’ plate warmer, made by Pontypool in Wales around 1800
A ‘japanned’ plate warmer, made by Pontypool in Wales around 1800

3. Field Marshal John portrait

A portrait of Field Marshal John Dalrymple, 2nd Earl of Stair, painted by Allan Ramsay
A portrait of Field Marshal John Dalrymple, 2nd Earl of Stair, painted by Allan Ramsay

4. Finger mats

A set of eight hand-painted finger mats, to be placed under finger bowls
A set of eight hand-painted finger mats, to be placed under finger bowls

5. Standard lamp

A standard lamp from 1905 designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh
A standard lamp from 1905 designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh

6. Easy armchair

An easy armchair, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh around 1905
An easy armchair, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh around 1905

7. Centre table

A centre table by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, inlaid with mother-of-pearl
A centre table by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, inlaid with mother-of-pearl

8. Burns’s first book

A 1786 copy of ‘Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect’
A 1786 copy of ‘Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect’

9. Burns manuscript

 A fragment of a manuscript for Burns’s ’Auld Lang Syne’
A fragment of a manuscript for Burns’s ’Auld Lang Syne’

10. Playing cards

 A deck of cards (with rules) for the 1930s whist-style game ‘Striptease’.
A deck of cards (with rules) for the 1930s whist-style game ‘Striptease’.