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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: A - D
marks from A to D     from E to I     from J to M     from N to T     from U to Z    
A     mark
SILVERSMITH
TOWN
A William Jamieson Aberdeen
A&ID A & J Dalziel (possibly) Dumfries
A&JS Alexander & John Smith Aberdeen
AB Adam Burgess Dumfries
A.B Adam Burgess Dumfries
AC A.Craw Canongate
AC Alexander Cunningham Dumfries
AC Alexander Cameron Dundee
AC Alexander Campbell (possibly) Greenock
AC Alexander Cameron Perth
AD Andrew Davidson Arbroath
AD Andrew Davidson Dundee
A.D Andrew Davidson Dumfries
A.D Alexander Dallas Inverness
AF Alexander Forbes Aberdeen
A.F.D Alexander F. Dalgleish Perth
AG Alexander Grant Aberdeen
A.G Alexander Galloway Aberdeen
A.G Alexander Glenny Canongate
A.G Alexander Glenny Stonehaven
AI Alexander Johnston Dundee
AK Alexander King Peterhead
AL Alexander Lindsay Dundee
AM Alexander Mollison Aberdeen
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AM Alexander Miller Montrose
AM A.Murray Perth
AMcL Alexander MacLeod Inverness
AML Alexander MacLeod Inverness
AMR Alexander MacRae Inverness
AR A.Ritchie Iona
AR Alexander Ross Dingwall (possibly)
A.R A.Ritchie Iona
A.R Alexander Ross Dingwall (possibly)
ARB Alan Roy Baillie Inverness
ARB Alan Roy Baillie Tain
AS Alexander Shirras Banff
AS Alexander Smith Dundee
AS Alexander Stewart Inverness
AS Alexander Stewart Tain
A.S Alexander Shirras Banff
A.S Alexander Stewart Inverness
A.S Alexander Stewart Tain
AT Alexander Thompson Aberdeen
A.R.REID A.T. Reid St. Andrews
AUS TEN John Austen Dundee
Austen Austen Snr (possibly) Dundee
A.W Andrew Wilkie Dundee
AY Archibald Young Dundee
. Andrew Davidson (Arbroath) mark, c. 1835-1850 (courtesy Robert Massar) .
B     mark
SILVERSMITH
TOWN
B William or George Jamieson Aberdeen
B Adam Burgess Dumfries
BL Benjamin Lumsden II Aberdeen
B.L Benjamin Lumsden I Aberdeen
BL Benjamin Lumsden Montrose
BL Benjamin Lumsden I Montrose
B.L Benjamin Lumsden I Montrose
. . .
C     mark
SILVERSMITH
TOWN
C BRUCE C.Bruce Peterhead
C&H W.Craw & Janes Hill Canongate
CA Coline Allen Aberdeen
CAC Colin A. Campbell Inverness
CAM ERON Alexander Cameron Dundee
CD Charles Dickson I Dundee
CD Charles Dickson II Dundee
CF Charles Fowler Elgin
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CJ Charles Jamieson Inverness
C.J Charles Jamieson Inverness
CM Colin Mitchell Canongate
CM Charles Murray Perth
CR Colin Robertson Aberdeen
CR Colin Richardson Perth
CT Charles Tocheti Aberdeen
. . .
. Charles Bruce mark, c. 1880 .
D     mark
SILVERSMITH
TOWN
D Andrew Davidson Arbroath
D David Manson (possibly) Dundee
D Alexander Davidson Dundee
D&JR Donaldson & James Riddel Aberdeen
DAVID David MacGregor Perth
DC David Coutts Dumfries
DD David Dunlop Canongate
D.D David Dunlop Canongate
D . D Daniel Dewar Perth
DE David Elder Banff
DF David Ferguson Inverness
DF Donald Fraser Inverness
DF Donald Fraser Wick
D.F Donald Fraser Inverness
DG David Gray Dumfries
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DG David Greig Perth
DI David Izat Aberdeen
DI David Izat Banff
D.I David Izat Banff
DL David Lyon Montrose
DM David Manson Dundee
DM David MacGregor Perth
DMcL Daniel McLean Perth
DMK Donald MacKenzie Inverness
DMK Wm Mason & Donald MacKenzie Inverness
DOUGLAS James Douglas Dundee
DP David Pirie Aberdeen
D.P David Pirie Aberdeen
DS Douglas Scott Tain
. Donald Fraser (Inverness) mark, c. 1804 .

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