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SCOTTISH PROVINCIAL SILVER

The characteristic traits of a people are reflected in the quality of their art, and so it is with the history of the early Scotch silversmiths. The austerity and simple tastes of the Scotchman are brought to notice by the work of the early craftsmen. The majority of silver articles made were definitely for practical use, rather than for purposes of decoration. Most of the early Scotch silver was used in churches, or else in the gentle art of drinking.
It is interesting to note that in the earliest days of silversmithing in Scotland, it was the general custom for the client to bring his own silver or gold to the craftsman to be wrought at his order.
Most of Provincial silver wasn't presented for hallmarking to Edinburgh or Glasgow Assay Offices and silver was marked only with the maker's initial and a punch usually inspired to the town symbol.
In this way the customer avoided to pay the Duty reimposed in 1784 and silversmith's work was much less costly. As such there is much more Town marked plate than Duty marked by Provincial silversmiths for the period up to 1860.



map of Scotland
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THE DIRECTORY OF SCOTTISH PROVINCIAL SILVERSMITHS
MARKS: E - I
marks from A to D     from E to I     from J to M     from N to T     from U to Z    
E     mark
SILVERSMITH
TOWN
E James Erskine Aberdeen
E&Co E&Co &J Austen Dundee
E&M Emslie & Mollison Aberdeen
E&S Emslie & Sutherland Aberdeen
EL Edward Livingstone Dundee
EW Ewan Wilson Leith (possibly)
EW Ewan Wilson Perth
EWEN John Ewan Aberdeen
F     mark
SILVERSMITH
TOWN
F&B Ferguson &MacBean Inverness
F Bs J & W Ferguson Inverness
F BROS J & W Ferguson Inverness
F&M Ferguson & MacBean Inverness
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FF&M Fraser, Ferguson &MacBean Inverness
G     mark
SILVERSMITH
TOWN
G David Gray Dumfries
GA George Angus Aberdeen
G.A George Angus Peterhead
GB George Booth Aberdeen
GB George Buchanan Greenock
G.B George Booth Aberdeen
GB,AB George &Alexander Booth Aberdeen
GC George Cooper Aberdeen
GC Gerge Cunningham Canongate
GC.C George C.Constable Cupar
GC.C George C.Constable Dundee
G& CAC G &C.A.Crichton Perth
GE George Elder Banff
GE George Elder (Banff) Elgin
GEO.A.MUIR George A.Muir Brechin
GJ George Jamieson Aberdeen
GJ and S George Jamieson & Son Aberdeen
GL George Law Perth
GR George Robertson Aberdeen
GR George Ritchie Arbroath
GRANT Grant of Huntley Huntley
GS George Sangster Aberdeen
GW George Walker Aberdeen
G:Z George Ziegler Canongate
H     mark
SILVERSMITH
TOWN
H James Harris Dundee
HARDY Hardy Aberdeen
HAY John Hay Leith
HC Hugh Clark Perth
Heron John Heron Greenock
HOGG John Hogg Perth
HINCH LIFFE Joseph W Hinchsliffe Dumfries
HINCH SLIFF Mark Hinchsliffe Dumfries
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.
HINCHSLIFFE Marck Hinchsliffe Dumfries
HM Henry Mouncie Dumfries
HM H. Medlock Inverness
HR Hugh Ross Tain
H.R Hugh Ross Tain
HR conjoined Hugh Ross Tain
HSA H.S. Adams Dundee
HW HW & J Lindsay St. Andrews (possibly)
. Hugh Ross (Tain) mark, c. 1725-1740 .
I     mark
SILVERSMITH
TOWN
I&GH J & G Heron Paisley
I&N Jamieson & Naughton Inverness
I&P.R James & Pat Riach Forres
I&WMc. J & P McKenzie Dundee
IA John Argo Banff
IA John Anderson Inverness
IA John Allen Paisley
I.A John Allen Paisley
IB John Barron Aberdeen
IB James Berry (or Begg) Aberdeen
IB James Brander Aberdeen
IB John Baillie Inverness
I.B, FB John Baillie &FB Inverness
I-C John Campbell (possibly) Greenock
IC John Comfute Perth
IC John Clark I Perth
ID John Davidson Aberdeen
ID James Douglas Dundee
ID James Davie Greenock
IE John Ewen Aberdeen
IE James Erskine Aberdeen
I.E James Erskine Aberdeen
I.ERSKINE James Erskine Crieff
IG James Gordon Aberdeen
IG John Glenny Montrose
IH James Haxton Dundee
IH James Humphrey Elgin
IH John Heron Greenock
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.
IH John Hogg Perth
II I Johnston Dundee
II Linsey Luke (possibly) Paisley
III J. Sheriffs Montrose
IJ James Ivory Dundee
IK John Keith Banff
IL James Law Aberdeen
IL John Leslie Aberdeen
IL CR&J.Lindsay (possibly) St.Andrews (possibly)
IL HW&J.Lindsay (possibly) St.Andrews (possibly)
IL John .Lindsay (possibly) St.Andrews (possibly)
I.L John Leslie Aberdeen
IM John Mackie Ellon
IO James Osborne Dundee
IO James Orr Greenock
I.O'D I.O'D & A Rollo Dundee
IP Joseph Pearson Dumfries
IP John Pringle Perth
I.P John Pringle Perth
IPR James & Pat Riach Forres
IR James Robertson Perth
I.R John Robertson Canongate
IS John Steven Dundee
IS James Smith Perth
IS John Scott Perth
IT James Taylor Greenock
IW James Wildgoose Paisley
I WR John Walker Inverness
. James Orr (Greenock) mark, c. 1815-1825 .

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