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Incense spoon, associated with James VII (II of England)

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from Abbey Church of Holyrood, Edinburgh

Postcard of Incense spoon, associated with James VII (II of England).
© National Museums Scotland

Incense spoon, associated with James VII (II of England)

This silver incense spoon is one of the surviving pieces of the altar plate used in the Roman Catholic chapel of James VII (II of England) at the Abbey Church of Holyrood in Edinburgh. It dates from 1686-7.

The spoon is engraved with an earl's coronet.

During Mass, the spoon is used to ladle incense into a container known as a thurible.

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Online ID: 000-100-067-786-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  Q.L.1970.10
Date: 1686-7
Material: Silver
Dimensions: 105 mm L x 24 mm W x 3 mm depth
What: Spoon, incense
Who: W. Scott (?)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Silver incense spoon with a trifid end, by W.S., possibly W. Scott, Edinburgh
  • Dalgleish, G. & Maxwell, S. The Lovable Craft 1687-1987: An Exhibition to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Royal Charter of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh. Edinburgh: Royal Museum of Scotland, 1987 
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