Silver sugar bowl

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Made in Glasgow

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Silver sugar bowl

This silver sugar bowl, dated 1892, was made by R. & W. Sorley in Glasgow. It is part of a four piece tea set consisting of a teapot, a hot water jug, a sugar bowl and a milk jug. All the items in the set are fashioned in the shape of a thistle head.

The thistle theme is carried throughout the design of the sugar bowl. The handles each have a thistle complete with stem, attached to the surface.

The use of the thistle as a Scottish emblem reached some extraordinary expressive heights in the late Victorian period. From the purely decorative to the expensively practical, silver design was inspired by many different sources.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-228-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEQ 1607 C
Date: 1892
Material: Silver. Inscription: RS / WS [in 4-lobed punch]; tree, bell, fish [and] bird; lion rampant; V; SORLEY / SILVERSMITHS / GLASGOW
Dimensions: 97 mm H x 145 mm L x 95 mm D
What: Bowl, sugar
Subject: Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Who: R. and W. Sorley, Glasgow (Silversmith)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Silver sugar bowl with two opposing applied handles, by R. and W. Sorley, Glasgow, 1892, part of a four piece thistle-shaped tea-set
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