A rare Communion Beaker,

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Lot 131
A rare Communion Beaker,

Sold for £ 22,560 (US$ 28,362) inc. premium

The Scottish Sale

21 Aug 2003, 11:00 BST

Edinburgh

A rare Communion Beaker,

with moulded footrim and gently flaring body, engraved with the inscription:
"Dedicated to the Church of Boyndie be James Ogilvie of Culphin 1720"
Struck twice with the maker's mark, heart shaped punch and "BANF" punch, by Patrick Scott of Banff, circa 1720,
14.5cms high, 11.9 0zs

Footnotes

  • Based on Dutch, Baltic and Scandinavian prototypes, the beaker form of communion cup is largely confined to the North East of Scotland. With the single exception of the Parish of Biggar in Lanarkshire, communion beakers are exclusively found north of the River Tay, in parishes in Forfarshire, Aberdeenshire, Banffshire, Morayshire, Nairnshire and as far north as Orkney and Shetland. This geographical distribution is a legacy of patterns of trade in the 17th and 18th centuries. During the summer months, there was more regular communication between Aberdeen and the low countries than with Edinburgh or London.

    The earliest recorded communion beaker was given to the Parish of Arbirlot, Arbroath in 1633 though they actually bear Edinburgh marks which make them datable to the period 1608-10.

    The present cup is one of a pair (not listed in Burns) by Patrick Scott, one of a family of Goldsmiths who came to Banff from Aberdeen.

    The first church in the Parish of Boyndie was built, (or retored) by Malcolm II, (1005-1034), to acknowledge a victory over the Danes. An inscription over a doorway on the south aisle of the church reads:

    "This entry door to the church was put up by me, James Ogilvie of Culphin, who was an elder at this place forty-six years by past, at the present year of God 1723"

    The church continued until 1996 when the building was closed after nearly a thousand years of worship on the site. The Parish was then amalgamated into the newly named Whitehills Parish Church.

    This cup is offered for sale on behalf of the Parish of Whitehills in order to assist in the cost of building a new church hall.
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