W M Scott - The Elder Quaich
Lot 126
A rare late 17th century Quaich, by William Scott of Banff, circa 1681, two marks: WS, ABC,
Sold for £19,975 (US$ 32,335) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare late 17th century Quaich,
by William Scott of Banff, circa 1681, two marks: WS, ABC,
of conventional form, engraved to the exterior with imitation staves and withies and with four exotic birds including a parrot, a butterfly and floral slips including a pink, tulip, rose etc., the interior extensively decorated with staves and floral slips, the handles engraved with formal borders, 11.6cms across the handles,

Footnotes

  • William Scott is known to have been in Aberdeen in 1681 when the practise of striking date letters was adopted in Edinburgh and to a limited extent in provincial centres. It is thought that he misunderstood the requirements of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths and interpreted literally the instructions that silver should be struck with date letters. It seems that the principle of single letter punches for each year eluded him and he ordered a single punch incorporating the first three letters of the alphabet.
    We are grateful to Henry S. Fothringham for his assistance with the cataloguing of this lot.
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