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Made in Edinburgh

Postcard of Quaich.
© National Museums Scotland


A quaich was a shallow drinking vessel unique to Scotland. This silver example was made around 1750 by Edinburgh silversmith Edward Lothian. It is inscribed 'A hundred to one' which was possibly the motto of an Edinburgh betting or convivial club.

The quaich has three handles or 'lugs'. Underneath the motto there is an engraving of a draped figure of lady balancing on one foot on a wheel.

In 18th century Scotland, various kinds of clubs were prominent in the social scene. The tavern was an ideal place for the members to meet and membership varied depending on whether the club was for political, debating, literary or convivial purposes.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-019-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEQ 943
Date: Around 1750
c. 1750
Material: Silver. Inscription: E.L. [below a crown]; inside: a draped figure of a lady balancing one foot on a wheel; A HUNDRED TO ONE; SCOB AS E
Dimensions: 30 mm H x 110 mm W
Subject: Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Who: Edward Lothian, Edinburgh (Silversmith)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Three-lugged silver quaich by Edward Lothian, Edinburgh, c. 1750, inscribed "A Hundred to One" and "Scob As E", possibly the motto of an Edinburgh betting or convivial club
  • Keay, J. & J. (eds). Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland. London: HarperCollins, 1994, p 793. 
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