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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
ABERDEEN     ARBROATH     BALLATER     BANFF     CANONGATE     CUPAR     DUMFRIES     DUNDEE     ELGIN     ELLON     FOCHABERS     FORRES     GREENOCK     INVERNESS     IONA     MONTROSE     OBAN     PAISLEY     PERTH     PETERHEAD     ST.ANDREWS     STONEHAVEN     TAIN     WICK    

THE DIRECTORY OF SCOTTISH PROVINCIAL SILVERSMITHS
MARKS: N - T
marks from A to D     from E to I     from J to M     from N to T     from U to Z    
N     mark
SILVERSMITH
TOWN
N Nathaniel Gillet Aberdeen
NG Nathaniel Gillet Aberdeen
N.G Nathaniel Gillet Aberdeen
NH Nathaniel Hunter Greenock
NR Nathaniel Rae Aberdeen
P     mark
SILVERSMITH
TOWN
PC Peter Crombie Aberdeen
PC Peter Cuthbertson Canongate
PG Peter Gill Aberdeen
PG Patrick Gairden St.Andrews
P:G Patrick Gordon Banff
PG & SON Peter Gill & Son Aberdeen
PGW Peter G. Wilson Inverness
P.G.WILSON Peter G. Wilson Inverness
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PH Patrick Hannay Paisley
PL Peter Lambert Berwick
PL Peter Lambert Aberdeen
PL Peter Lambert Dundee
PL Peter Lambert Montrose
PR Peter Ross Aberdeen
PS Peter Spalding Canongate
PS Patrick Scott Banff
. Peter Gill (Aberdeen)  mark, c.  1783-1812  (courtesy Robert Massart) .
R     mark
SILVERSMITH
TOWN
R Peter Ross Aberdeen
R M.Rettie Aberdeen
R Robert Robertson Cupar
R Thomas Ramsay Perth
R&:CO Rattray & Co Dundee
R and RK Robert Keay & Son Perth
R&RK Robert Keay & Son Perth
R & RK Robert Keay & Son Perth
R&S Rettie & Son Aberdeen
RA Robert Anderson Inverness
RATTRAY Rattray & Co Dundee
RC Robert Cruikshank Aberdeen
R.C. Robert Cruikshank Aberdeen
RCS Robert C Stephen Dundee
RD Robert Dickson II Dundee
RD Robert Donaldson Dundee
RD Robert Dickson II Dundee
RE Robert Elphinstone Inverness
RG Robert Gairdyne Dundee
RG Robert Gairdine Perth
RG Robert Greig Dundee
RG Robert Greig Perth
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RH Robert Harris Dundee
RH Robert Hendrie Forres
RI Robert Inness Inverness
RK Robert Keay Perth
RK Robert Keay II Perth
R.K Robert Kerr Canongate
RL R.Lindsay Oban
RMc Robert McGregor Perth
RMcG Robert MacGregor Dundee
RMcG Robert McGregor Elgin
RMcG Robert McGregor Perth
RMcG Magdalene McGregor Perth
RMcG McGregor&Lindsay (possibly) St.Andrews (possibly)
RN Robert Naughten Elgin
RN Robert Naughten Inverness
RN Robert Naughten II Inverness
ROBB William Robb Ballater
RR Robert Robertson Cupar
RS Robert Stewart Forres
RW Robert Wildgoose Aberdeen
RW Richard M.Wilkie Tain
R.W Richard M.Wilkie Tain
. Robert Robertson (Cupar) mark, c. 1815-1857 .
S     mark
SILVERSMITH
TOWN
S Simpson &Co Banff
S Wm Scott elder Aberdeen
SCOTT John Scott Perth
S.D Samuel Dickson Dumfries
S.L Scott & Livingstone Dundee
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T     mark
SILVERSMITH
TOWN
TB Thomas Borthwick Inverness
TB John Lindsay & TB (possibly) St.Andrews (possibly)
TD Thomas Dall Dundee
TD Thomas Davie Creenock
TD Thomas Dall Perth
TF Thomas Forbes Banff
T.I Thomas Johnston Montrose
TL Thomas Lindsay Dundee
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TLB Thomas Lumsden Brown Cupar
TM Thomas Moncur Aberdeen
TR Thomas Ramsay Perth
TS Thomas Stewart Elgin
TS Thomas Stewart Inverness
TS Thomas Shannon Dundee
T.S Thomas Stewart Dundee
T.S Thomas Shannon Dundee
. SHANNON Thomas (Dundee)  mark, c. 1866 (courtesy Robert Massart) .
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