Thistle cup made in Edinburgh, 1703-04

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Postcard of Thistle cup made in Edinburgh, 1703-04.
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Thistle cup made in Edinburgh, 1703-04

This is the side view of a silver thistle cup made in 1703-4 by George Scott, a silversmith in Edinburgh. Thistle cups, so called because their bowls resemble a thistle head, were unique to Scotland.

The cup has a plain moulded band around the body and an 's' shaped handle.

Thistle cups occur in a variety of sizes and were made in most areas where silversmiths were working.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-771-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEQ 1044
Date: 1703 - 1704
Material: Silver. Inscription: GS; [Edinburgh mark]; P [in a heart punch]; on body: A a star G / E a star F [all enclosed in a shield]
Dimensions: 76 mm H x 79 mm D (rim) x 51 mm D (base)
What: Cup, thistle
Subject: Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Who: George Scott, Edinburgh (Silversmith)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Silver thistle cup with a plain moulded band round the body, by George Scott, Edinburgh, 1703 - 1704, engraved with a shield
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