The quaich is a Scottish traditional
"friendship" drinking vessel.
Its probable origin was the Baltic
where "mazers" (large
drinking bowls) were built in the
staved manner from the medieval period.
Early quaichs were either carved from a
single piece of wood,
or made by "feathering" together about 12 or 13
alternating light and dark staves (as
These were then held together
by bands of willow or silver.
They generally had - and retain today -
two or three short projecting handles
the best of these covered
The quaich was likely introduced into
the Scottish Highlands in the early 16th
but not in use in Edinburgh and
Glasgow until the late 17th century.
The name derives from the Gaelic word
for cup - "Cuach" -
pronounced like "qwaygh", and
probably only properly spoken by a true
Its favored use was for whiskey (spelled 'whisky' in Scotland) or
almost identical quaich sold Wilkinson's
Auctioneers, November 25, 2012, lot 283
Fine & Rare 18th Century Silver Mounted
Quaich, composed of alternating staves
of Laburnum and Alderwood"