Cup, made in Edinburgh

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Cup, made in Edinburgh

This silver trophy cup was made in 1707 by Edinburgh silversmith Walter Scott,. It was presented for horse racing at Leith in Edinburgh. From the 1660s, Leith races became the most important sporting event in Scotland onwards.

The cup has a decorative spout. On the opposite side from the spout is the engraved arms of the city of Edinburgh.

The racing at Leith was the only event that attracted large crowds, perhaps as many as 100,000. The races were organised by the gentry and both the king and the town of Edinburgh gave prizes to the winners. This cup was known as 'The Toun's prize'.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-096-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEQ 1206 B
Date: 1707
1707 - 1708
1707 - 1708
Material: Silver
Silver. Inscription: WS; [Edinburgh mark]; C; on side: arms of the city of Edinburgh / NISI DOMINUS FRUSTRA
Dimensions: 115 mm H x 230 mm Dia
300 mm H x 303 mm W x 145 mm Dia (Base)
What: Cup / trophy, racing
Lid, cup
Subject: Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Who: Walter Scott, Edinburgh (Silversmith)
Walter Scott, Edinburgh (Silversmith)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Two-handled silver cup with a decorated spout, by Walter Scott, Edinburgh, 1707 - 1708, engraved with the arms of the city of Edinburgh and "Nisi Dominus Frustra", probably a racing trophy
Domed lid for two-handled silver cup MEQ 1206 A, by Walter Scott, Edinburgh, 1707 - 1708
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