Taylor & Hamilton, Glasgow, c1780



Of conventional form, the deep round bowl raised on splayed foot sided by shaped lugs with undulating scroll and dot engraved border, each bearing an engraved inscription :

The gift of John Tait to James Aitken


Marks :  4 marks, T&H twice, and Glasgow town mark twice (see below)


Condition : very good with minor nick to footrim; small invisible silver solder repairs to each handle joint;

without splits to the bowl


The quaich is a Scottish traditional "friendship" drinking vessel.  Its probable origin was the Baltic region, 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 above).  These were then held together by bands of willow or silver.  Fine quaichs were also made of solid silver.  These vessels generally had - and retain today - two or three short projecting handles called "lugs", the best of the wooden lugs covered in silver. 


The quaich was likely introduced into the Scottish Highlands in the early 16th century, 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 Scotsman.

Its favored use was for whiskey (spelled 'whisky' in Scotland) or brandy. 


5-7/8” width across handles / 3.1 oz.






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Also See :


George III Scottish Silver-Mounted Wooden Quaich,

18th Century


Large Edward VII Scottish Provincial Silver Clan Badge - Campbell

Arthur Medlock, Inverness, Scotland,


Scottish Silver-Mounted 3-Lugged

Wooden Quaich

Unmarked, 19th Century



 Two Edward VII Scottish Provincial Silver Clan Badges

William Buchanan, Inverness, Scotland, c1910, Fraser

Pair George IV Scottish Silver Toddy Ladles

John Caw, Edinburgh, 1826




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George III Inscribed Scottish Silver Quaich, Taylor & Hamilton, Glasgow, c1780