Silver chocolate pot, made in Edinburgh

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Silver chocolate pot, made in Edinburgh

This silver chocolate pot, made in Edinburgh by Patrick Murray, was the 1721 prize for winning the annual horse race at Selkirk in the Borders.

The reverse of the pear-shaped pot is engraved with a representation of the seal of the burgh of Selkirk.

Initiated in 1715, an annual race, it was felt, would bring wealthy gentlemen to Selkirk, and increase the town's prosperity. A silver prize to the value of 10 pounds sterling was provided. The race was run on the last Tuesday of April at the Gala Rig.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-042-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEQ 1065
Date: 1720 - 1721
Material: Silver. Inscription: PM [conjoined]; q; [Edinburgh mark]; seal of the burgh of Selkirk
Dimensions: 240 mm H x 180 mm W x 150 mm D
What: Chocolate pot
Subject: Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Who: Patrick Murray, Edinburgh (Silversmith)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Scotland, Selkirkshire, Selkirk
Description: Pear-shaped silver chocolate pot engraved with the seal of the burgh of Selkirk, the 1721 prize for the annual horse race initiated in 1715, by Patrick Murray, Edinburgh, 1720 - 1721
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