Gold cup associated with Mary, Queen of Scots

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Gold cup associated with Mary, Queen of Scots

Originally a drinking vessel, this gold cup was supposedly given to St John's Kirk in Perth by Mary, Queen of Scots. The cup was made in Germany by Christopher Lindenburger in the second half of the 16th century.

The body of the cup bears the inscription 'For the Kirk of Perth'. This was probably engraved by a Dundee goldsmith called Robert Gairdyne, whilst he was remodelling the lid around 1640.

By 1632, the cup was in the possession of St John's Kirk, where it was used for communion. The cup is now part of the collections of Perth Museum & Art Gallery, Perth & Kinross Council.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-959-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  Q.L.1988.6 A
Date: 1550 - 1600
Second half of the 16th century
Dimensions: 400 mm H x 115 mm W x 150 mm Dia
What: Cup
Who: Christopher Lindenberger
Christopher Lindenberger, Nuremburg, Germany (Maker)
Perth Museum & Art Gallery (owners of the cup; handles requests for images)
Queen Mary
Where: Germany, Nuremberg
Description: Queen Mary gold cup made by Christopher Lindenberger, Nuremberg, 1550 - 1600
  • Burns, T. Old Scottish Communion Plate. Edinburgh: Burns, 1892 
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