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24 Feb 2018

Part II: 50 interesting objects

Dressing case
Lady Kennedy’s dressing case
There are many intriguing and eye-catching artefacts in our collections.

1. Bridal cupboard

A bridal cupboard adorned with trolls, which symbolise a happy marriage
A bridal cupboard adorned with trolls, which symbolise a happy marriage

2. Walnut escritoire

A beautiful walnut escritoire (with plenty of hiding places)
A beautiful walnut escritoire (with plenty of hiding places)

3. Watercolour

An 1899 watercolour of a weaver by Edinburgh artist Hannah MacGoun
An 1899 watercolour of a weaver by Edinburgh artist Hannah MacGoun

4. Cabinet

The ‘Douglas Heart Cabinet’, which pre-dates Robert Adam’s work at Culzean Castle
The ‘Douglas Heart Cabinet’, which pre-dates Robert Adam’s work at Culzean Castle

5. Dressing case

A Victorian ‘toilet service’ containing combs, mirrors and even a whistle
A Victorian ‘toilet service’ containing combs, mirrors and even a whistle

6. Wooden sticks

 Two neatly decorated wooden sticks (but no-one knows what they were for)
Two neatly decorated wooden sticks (but no-one knows what they were for)

7. Middle Eastern brass bowls

Elaborate Middle Eastern brass bowls with engraved motifs
Elaborate Middle Eastern brass bowls with engraved motifs

8. Boat-shaped cradle

A boat-shaped wooden cradle, symbolic of the Kennedys’ shipbuilding heritage
A boat-shaped wooden cradle, symbolic of the Kennedys’ shipbuilding heritage

9. Chamber pot

A pewter chamber pot, made around 1794 by William Scott and Hammermen Inc
A pewter chamber pot, made around 1794 by William Scott and Hammermen Inc

10. Violin

A fiddle used by Burns’s dance teacher, William Gregg
A fiddle used by Burns’s dance teacher, William Gregg