Thistle cup made in Inverness, c. 1715

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Postcard of Thistle cup made in Inverness, c. 1715.
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Thistle cup made in Inverness, c. 1715

Thistle cups - so called because their bowls resemble a thistle head - were unique to Scotland. This silver example, dating from around 1715, was made in Inverness by William MacLean.

The body is engraved, '1715, DML'.

Early goldsmiths in Inverness were in the rather curious position of being members of the Merchants Guild, as the craft had been left out when the Incorporated Trades were established. This was amended in 1709 when goldsmiths became part of the Hammermen.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-184-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEQ 1580
Date: 1715
Around 1715
Material: Silver. Inscription: Body: 1715, DML
Dimensions: 52 mm H x 59 mm D
What: Cup, thistle
Subject: Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Who: John McLean, Inverness (Silversmith)
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, Inverness
Description: Two-handles silver thistle cup, by John McLean, Inverness, engraved "1715, DML" on the body
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