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From Irvine, Ayrshire

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Silver spoon

This silver spoon was found in an old house in Irvine in Ayrshire in 1865. It was made between 1579 and 1581 by George Heriot, a silversmith in Edinburgh. It possibly belonged to Alexander Cunningham, son of the 4th Earl of Glencairn.

The spoon has a disc-end inscribed with the letters 'IB'. On the reverse are the letters 'AYC'. The spoon is also marked by Edward Hairt, Deacon of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths between 1579 and 1581.

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Online ID: 000-100-002-445-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEQ 9
Date: 1579 - 1581
Between 1579 and 1581
Material: Silver. Inscription: I.B.; AYC
Dimensions: 170 mm L x 50 mm W
What: Spoon
Subject: Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Who: Edward Hairt, deacon
George Heriot, senior, Edinburgh (Silversmith)
Where: Scotland, Ayrshire, Irvine
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Silver disc-end spoon by George Heriot, senior, Edinburgh, 1579 - 1581, found in an old house in Irvine, Ayrshire, 1865
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