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19th C Scottish Quaich ceremonial cup

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19th C - circa 1800 - Scottish Quaich ceremonial cup. Georgian. Large. Wood and silver, with silver marks. Relief carved wood decoration of serpents and gargoyles. Silver disk presentation engraved "Squamish."

A Quaich (pronounced /ˈkweɪx/), archaically Quaigh, is a special kind of shallow two-handled drinking cup or bowl in Scotland. It derives from the Scottish Gaelic cuach meaning a cup.

According to the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica, the quaich was inspired by the low silver bowls with two flat handles frequently used as bleeding vessels in England and The Netherlands in the 17th century.

Traditionally they are made of wood, an art-form known as "treen". Quaichs often have different colors and are supported by hoops. They are generally fitted with two, and, more rarely, three short projecting handles. In addition to wood, they are made of stone, brass, pewter, horn, and of silver. The latter were often engraved with lines and bands in imitation of the staves and hoops of the wooden quaichs.

The origin of quaichs in Scotland is traced to the Highlands; it was not until the end of the 17th century that they became popular in such large centers as Edinburgh and Glasgow. The silversmiths of such local guilds as Inverness and Perth frequently mounted them in silver, as may be seen from the hall-marks on the existing examples.

Commemorative quaichs awarded as prizes, or given as gifts, are more commonly made of pewter or silver. These prize cups are rarely used for actual drinking.

Old repairs to handle and bowl.

Dimensions in inches, - bowl 3.75 diameter, 5.75 with handles

SOLD

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