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From St Paul's Episcopal Chapel, Edinburgh

Postcard of Paten, made in Edinburgh.
© National Museums Scotland

Paten, made in Edinburgh

A paten is a metal plate used to hold the communion bread during the celebration of mass. This silver example, made in 1759-60 by James Weems of Edinburgh, is from St Paul's Episcopal Chapel in Edinburgh. This paten was originally a secular salver.

The engraved text on the top of the paten reads, 'Take eat this is my body/St Pauls Chapel 1767'.

Early Episcopal church plate was little different to Presbyterian types except for the bread plates, or patens, which were smaller. In the 19th century, however, vessels became more complex, as the church became influenced by the Anglican Church.

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Online ID: 000-100-000-537-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.KJ 220
Date: 1759 - 1760
Material: Inscription: IW; [Edinburgh]; E [gothic]; TAKE EAT, THIS IS MY BODY. / ST. PAULS CHAPEL 1767 [script]
Dimensions: 35 mm H x 280 mm Dia
What: Paten
Subject: Ecclesiastical, miscellaneous, vestments (NMAS Classification)
Who: James Weems, Edinburgh (Maker)
St Paul's and St George's Episcopal Church of Scotland
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh (York Place)
Description: Paten in the form of a circular salver, by James Weems, Edinburgh, engraved "Take Eat, This Is My Body" and "St Pauls Chapel 1767", from St Paul's and St George's Episcopal Church of Scotland
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