Paten, made in Edinburgh

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From St Andrew's Chapel, Edinburgh

Postcard of Paten, made in Edinburgh.
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Paten, made in Edinburgh

A paten is a metal plate used to hold the communion bread during the celebration of mass. This silver example, made in Edinburgh in 1759-60, is from St Andrew's Chapel in Edinburgh.

The paten takes the form of a circular salver on three hoof feet. The centre is engraved with the figure of St Andrew and his cross set against a background of rays. Underneath the figure is the inscription, 'St Andrews Chaple'.

Early Episcopal church plate was little different to Presbyterian types except for the bread plates, or patens, which were smaller. In the 19th century, however, vessels became more complex, as the church became influenced by the Anglican Church.

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Online ID: 000-100-000-534-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.KJ 217
Date: 1759 - 1760
Material: Inscription: [Edinburgh]; E [gothic]; centre: ST ANDREWS CHAPLE / St Andrew and his cross against a rayed background
Dimensions: 30 mm H x 227 mm Dia
What: Paten
Subject: Ecclesiastical, miscellaneous, vestments (NMAS Classification)
Who: St Andrew
St Paul's and St George's Episcopal Church of Scotland
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh (York Place)
Description: Paten in the form of a salver on three hoof feet, Edinburgh, 1759 - 1760, engraved "St Andrews Chaple" in the centre, from St Paul's and St George's Episcopal Church of Scotland
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