Quaich, made in Edinburgh

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Quaich, made in Edinburgh

A quaich is a traditional Scottish drinking vessel. This silver example was made in 1878-9 by Hamilton & Inches of Edinburgh.

The quaich is heavily decorated with thistles and set with 'Cairngorm' cut stones. The lugs are formed from curving thistle leaves.

The name 'quaich' is from 'cuach', the Gaelic word for cup. Its ancestor was the scallop shell, in which drams of whisky were taken. Quaichs were traditionally made out of wood, but in the 17th century craftsmen began to make them out of silver.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-129-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEQ 1301
Date: 1878 - 1879
Material: Silver; cairngorm. Inscription: H & I; [Edinburgh mark]; W
Dimensions: 75 mm H x 180 mm W x 105 mm Dia (rim)
What: Quaich
Subject: Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Who: Hamilton and Inches, Edinburgh (Silversmith)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Silver quaich heavily decorated in low relief with scrolled naturalistic thistle flowers and leaves, by Hamilton and Inches, Edinburgh, 1878 - 1879
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