Silver ewer

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Made for Charles Hope, 1st Earl of Hopetoun

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Silver ewer

This silver ewer, dated 1706-7, was made by Edinburgh silversmith, Thomas Ker, for Charles Hope, 1st Earl of Hopetoun (1681-1742). The ewer forms part of a silver toilet set which includes a basin and a casket.

The ewer has a plain tapering cylindrical body, a harp-shaped handle and a stepped moulded foot. The ewer front is engraved with the monogram 'HLH' surmounted by an earl's coronet and surrounded by two branches of foliage.

The earl was MP for Linlithgow in the pre-Union parliament. He actively supported the Union and was rewarded with a place on the Scottish Privy Council and a seat in the House of Lords as one of the 16 Scottish representative peers.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-158-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEQ 1512
Date: 1706 - 1707
Material: Silver. Inscription: { } T.K; castle; P; B; on front: HLH [monogram] surmounted by an earl's coronet surrounded by branches of foliage
Dimensions: 214 mm H x 105 mm rim D
What: Ewer, toilet
Subject: Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Who: Anthony Nelme
Charles Hope, 1st Earl of Hopetoun (Owner)
James Penman, assay master
Thomas Ker, Edinburgh (Silversmith)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Silver toilet ewer with a plain, tapering cylindrical body set on a stepped moulded foot, by Thomas Ker, Edinburgh, 1706 - 1707, made for Charles Hope, first Earl of Hopetoun
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