A rare early 18th century silver mounted three lugged quaich by Hugh Ross of Tain and Robert Anderson of Inverness
Lot 250
A rare early 18th century silver mounted three lugged quaich
by Hugh Ross of Tain and Robert Anderson of Inverness
Sold for £12,500 (US$ 19,586) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare early 18th century silver mounted three lugged quaich
by Hugh Ross of Tain and Robert Anderson of Inverness
Of conventional form, the body formed as alternating staves of Scots laburnam and sycamore, with plain rim, footrim and deep band to circumference of body, the three lugs with applied silver, each with triangular terminal to the inside of the body, all with engraved inscription, two marked with conjoined HR, the later central boss with inscription and marked RA INS 1720, (Robert Anderson was recorded from 1755), diameter 17.5cm.

Footnotes

  • Each lug bearing one of the following inscriptions;
    Deoch Slaint an Riogh
    Ma'ng Cuirt'e
    Schuab as'e

    The central boss bearing the clasped hands of 'Rob Gibs contract' and engraved;
    Hector Munro of Novar 1720, Rob Gib

    The line of descent of the Munros of Novar can be traced from Hugh Munro, 9th Baron of Foulis (d.1425) and subsequently his second son, John Munro, 1st of Milntown. The family acquired land at Novar in 1589 and there is evidence of a house being present on the estate from 1634. The existing house was principaly built under the direction of Sir Hector Munro, 8th of Novar (1726–1805), however, the Hector to which the engraving refers is likely Hector, 4th of Novar who in 1720 substantially enlarged the earlier 17th century house.

    The symbol of the clasped hands and motto 'Rob Gib' refers to 'Rob Gibb's contract', a Scottish expression of conviviality and steadfastness, the origin of which can be traced to Rob Gib, court fool to James VI.
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