Scotland, 18th Century




The staved round bowl of 14 alternating light and dark hardwood “feathered” staves,

the rim with silver mounts extending over the lug handles and scalloped to the rim exterior,

the coopering and footrim also in silver; the exact woods unknown,

but possibly Scottish Laburnum and Boxwood


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. 

They generally had - and retain today - two or three short projecting handles called "lugs",

the best of these 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. 


An almost identical quaich sold Wilkinson's Auctioneers, November 25, 2012, lot 283 :

"A Fine & Rare 18th Century Silver Mounted Quaich, composed of alternating staves of Laburnum and Alderwood"


Condition : Very good to excellent, with expected wear and some slight separations from dryness;

some normal bends and spotting to the silver mounts


6.75” Diameter




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George III Scottish Silver-Mounted Harwood Quaich, Scotland, 18th Century