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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: U - Z
marks from A to D     from E to I     from J to M     from N to T     from U to Z    






U     mark
SILVERSMITH
TOWN
U John Urquhart Dundee
URQUHART John Urquhart Perth
V     mark
SILVERSMITH
TOWN
VM Walter Melville Aberdeen
VS William Scott I Aberdeen
VS William Scott I Banff
VS William Scott II Banff
VS William Scott II Elgin
W     mark
SILVERSMITH
TOWN
W George Walker Aberdeen
W Walter Leighton (possibly) Dundee
WALKER James Walker Aberdeen
WB William Brand Aberdeen
WB William Byres Aberdeen
WB Erskine&Byers (possibly) Aberdeen
WBT William B Taylor Inverness
WC William Craw Canongate
WC William Constable Dundee
WC William Clarke Greenock
WD W Dunningham & Co Aberdeen
WF William Fillan Aberdeen
WF William S Fergusson Forres
WF William S Ferguson Elgin
WF William S Ferguson Peterhead
WH William Hannay Paisley
WHYTOCK Peter Whytock Dundee
WI William Inness Tain
W.I William Inness Tain
W.I. William Inness Tain
WJ William Jamieson Aberdeen
WJ&Co William Jamieson & Co Aberdeen
WK William Kermath Dundee
WL Walter Leighton (possibly) Dundee
WL William Livingston Elgin
WL William Lindsay Montrose
WM Walter Melville Aberdeen
WM Walter Millar Dundee
WM William Mason Inverness
WM William Munro Inverness
WM William Mill Montrose
WM & DMcK W.Mason & D McK Inverness
WMcM Wm McMaster Greenock
WMK William McKenzie Inverness
WR William Robb Ballater
WR William Ritchie Perth
W.R William Robb Ballater
W.R.C William Reid Christie Inverness
WS William Scott Aberdeen
WS William Spalding Aberdeen
WS William Simpson I Banff
WS William Simpson II Banff
WS William Scott Dundee
WS William Scott II Dundee
WS William Smith Elgin
WS William Smith Peterhead
W.S William Scott Perth
WS, JS W.Simpson & JS Banff
WW William Whitecross Aberdeen
W.W William Whitecross Aberdeen
WY William Young & Charles Murray Dundee
WY William Young Dundee
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