Tain silver

Silver making in Tain

Objects of silver and gold have been made in Tain since before the Reformation. A goldsmith is mentioned in the town in the 1540s, and there are more references to silver and goldsmiths during the 17th century. In Tain, as in many other places, no work from this early period is thought to have survived. Much of it was probably melted down to be re-used as fashions changed over the years.

But from the late 17th century until about 1840 there was a series of silversmiths working continuously in the town, and you can see examples of their work here.

 

Alexander Stewart's town mark
Alexander Stewart's town mark

One of Innes and Wilkie's marks
One of Innes and Wilkie's marks
 

Alexander Stewart: Caddy spoon
This is a rare example of a Scottish provincial caddy spoon, made by Alexander Stewart bet...

Alexander Stewart: Fork
This is a heavy three-pronged fork engraved with the Williamson crest. It was made by Alex...

Alexander Stewart: Gold ring
This is a very rare example of Alexander Stewart's work in gold. It is a man's ring set wi...

Alexander Stewart: Masking spoon
This is a fiddle pattern masking or mashing spoon, designed for stirring tea in the pot. I...

Alexander Stewart: Pair of basting spoons
These long-handled basting or serving spoons are engraved with the crest of Clayhills of I...

Alexander Stewart: Pair of dessertspoons
These fiddle pattern dessertspoons are not of the highest quality and have thin pointed bo...

Alexander Stewart: Pair of teaspoons
This is one of a pair of plain fiddle pattern teaspoons engraved with the initials KC. The...

Alexander Stewart: Salt spoon
A small spoon in the shape of a ladle with an oval bowl, probably used for salt. It is mar...

Alexander Stewart: Set of numbered teaspoons
This is one of a set of six teaspoons engraved with the initials JMD and numbered 1 to 6. ...

Alexander Stewart: Snuff mull
This is an oval snuff mull made of horn with a plain silver base and lid. The hinged lid i...

Alexander Stewart: Soup ladle
This is a fine heavy fiddle pattern soup ladle with a large hemispherical bowl. The handle...

Alexander Stewart: Tablespoon
This tablespoon is in the Old English style which was popular until the early 1800s. It is...

Alexander Stewart: Tablespoon
This spoon is engraved with an R matching that on the previous one, but is in the fiddle p...

Hugh Ross: Pair of sauce ladles
This is a pretty pair of ladles with flattened circular bowls and feathered edges to the h...

Hugh Ross: Pepper pot
The pepper pot has a cylindrical body with a ribbed foot and handle, and a domed pull-off ...

Hugh Ross: Punch ladle
This beautiful ladle has a heavy hemispehrical bowl with a flared scalloped edge and wide ...

Hugh Ross: Tablespoon
This tablespoon is in the Hanoverian style and was designed to be laid bowl-down on the ta...

Hugh Ross: Teaspoon
This teaspoon is in a style called Scottish fiddle pattern. Spoons like this were made mai...

Hugh Ross: Thistle cup
This cup was made by Hugh Ross I (c.1680-1732), probably between about 1700 and 1720. It i...

Hugh Ross: Tot cup
This little cup was made by Hugh Ross I (c.1680-1732) probably between about 1710 and 1730...

Richard Maxwell Wilkie: Maker's punch
This is a rare survival: the iron punch used by Richard Maxwell Wilkie to make his TAIN ma...

Richard Maxwell Wilkie: Serving spoon
This is a long handled fiddle pattern serving spoon engraved with the initials JMC. It was...

Richard Maxwell Wilkie: Set of six tablespoons
A set of six fiddle pattern tablespoons engraved with an R, probably for Ross, and made by...

William Innes: Egg spoon
This is a plain eggspoon with a teardrop bowl and oar handle, made by William Innes betwee...

William Innes: Mustard spoon
This small spoon with oval bowl and oar handle was probably used for serving mustard or sa...

William Innes: Tablespoon
This plain heavy fiddle pattern tablespoon was made by William Innes between about 1820 an...

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