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Traditional Sterling Silver Quaich or Marriage Cup - Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1784
Period: George V
Year: 1934
Silversmith: Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd.
Place: London
Price: $ 600.00
Weight: 202 grams
Dimensions: 10.0 cm diameter excluding handles, 5.5.cm height
Condition: Excellent, light scratches in bowl from use. No engraving.

Description: A sterling silver quaich, in the tradional form with engraved lug handles, sitting on a raised ring foot. The engraving on the handles is quite attractive, a repeated geometric pattern. This is a really solid and good quality quaich, most we see are much lighter (this is over 200 grammes), and in excellent condition. The hallmarks are clear, and include the Jubilee mark used in 1934 and 1935 to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary, and the base is engraved "Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company, 112 Regent St". Quaich's have Scottish origins, dating back to the 17th century when they were used as marriage cups (Price Guide to Antique Silver, Waldron, pg 351), they are also used for tradional whisky tasting and are also used as Christening presents. Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands, is regarded as the spiritual home of the quaich, about half of known antique Scottish quaich's originated there (Fothringham, Small Inverness Quaichs, Antique Collector April 1973, pg 73). This article shows the progression of quaichs from wooden to all silver circa 1745, and depicts a number of early Inverness quaichs, with lugas and cross hatch decoration very similar to this example, so it is a faithful replica of the originals.
Traditional Sterling Silver Quaich or Marriage Cup - Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company
Silver quaich, marriage cup

Traditional Sterling Silver Quaich or Marriage Cup - Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company
Traditional quaich lug handle, engraved

Traditional Sterling Silver Quaich or Marriage Cup - Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company
London hallmarks, Silver Jubilee

Traditional Sterling Silver Quaich or Marriage Cup - Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company
Goldsmiths & Silversmiths company, 12 regent street

Traditional Sterling Silver Quaich or Marriage Cup - Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company
sterling silver quaich - under side

Traditional Sterling Silver Quaich or Marriage Cup - Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company
Silver quaich, marriage cup - scale

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