Cup known as the 'Neill Cup'

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Postcard of Cup known as the 'Neill Cup'.
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Cup known as the 'Neill Cup'

This cup was presented to Dr Patrick Neill in 1843 by '600 practical gardeners, natives of Scotland' in recognition of his lifelong services to horticulture. It was designed by James McNab and made by James Mackay, an Edinburgh silversmith, in 1843.

The three-sided cup is on a pedestal. It has three statuettes and, surmounting the cover, the seated figure of Britannia. The engravings on the cup include tools and glasshouses - references to Neill's interest in horticulture.

Head of the printing firm of Neill and Co, Neill was better-known as a scientist. He had a keen interest in botany and horticulture and was a founding member and the first secretary of the Caledonian Horticultural Society.

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Online ID: 000-100-082-016-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1878.50
Date: 1843
1843 - 1844
Material: Silver
Dimensions: 508 mm H x 310 mm max W; base 235 mm (triangular)
What: Cup / vase / part
Who: Mackay, Cunningham and Co. (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: One of the silver Neill Cup or Vase with a pedestal with three statuettes, cover surmounted by Britannia and plateau containing a mirror, by Mackay, Cunningham and Co., Edinburgh, 1843 - 1844
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