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Ewer associated with John Erskine, Earl of Mar

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Ewer associated with John Erskine, Earl of Mar

This crystal and silver gilt ewer is engraved on the lid with the arms of John Erskine, Earl of Mar. It was made between 1565 and 1567 by James Cockie, a goldsmith in Edinburgh.

The ewer is made of cut and polished rock crystal. It has silver gilt mounts in the form of a spreading ogee foot, a tubular scroll handle, and a neck-band with a large beak-like spout and a dome-shaped lid.

James Cockie seems to have been heavily involved in the political troubles during and after the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots. He was besieged in Edinburgh Castle and then executed in 1573 for minting coins for the Queen's Party.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-958-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  Q.L.1987.13
Date: 1565 - 1567
Between 1565 and 1567
Material: Rock crystal, cut and polished; silver gilt mounts
Dimensions: 235 mm H x 155 mm W x 100 Dia (Base)
What: Ewer
Who: George Heriot senior, deacon
James Cok
James Cok, Edinburgh (Maker)
John, 6th Lord Erskine, Earl of Mar
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Erskine ewer of cut and polished rock crystal with silver gilt mounts, by James Cok or Cockie, Edinburgh, deacon George Heriot, 1565 - 1567
  • 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. NMS: Edinburgh; 1987 p 17 
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