Tain silver HLF Project

In 2008 the Heritage Lottery Fund launched a scheme called Collecting Cultures. Its aim was to enable museums to develop and research specific collection areas and to increase public involvement. Tain & District Museum was one of three museums in Scotland that received funding under the scheme. Our project was to develop our collection of 18th and 19th century silver made in Tain.

Silver made in Tain is rare. It fetches high prices at auction and sometimes pieces become available at short notice, which can make it difficult for the museum to bid for them. The Collecting Cultures project means we can respond quickly, targeting items which fill gaps in the collection. In a field of such rarity, every acquisition is not only important in its own right; it also increases the cultural value of the collection as a whole.

We have also been working on new ways of presenting the collection to the public. These include a new exhibition; a catalogue and two films; workshops, talks and demonstrations; and an education pack.

 



 

Alexander Stewart : snuff mull
Cowrie shell snuff mull with a silver lid engraved WMJ. The inside of the lid is stamped A...

Alexander Stewart: fork
Three pronged table fork with oar handle engraved with the Williamson crest. The handle is...

Alexander Stewart: masking spoon
Masking spoon with a twisted handle. The back of the bowl is engraved AMG over IMK and the...

Alexander Stewart: port wine label
Label for a port wine bottle, stamped on the back with A.S and a double star or flower mar...

Alexander Stewart: ring
A ring made for a man, with a shield-shaped head designed to be engraved with a crest or m...

Alexander Stewart: snuff mull
Cowrie shell snuff mull with silver lid. The inside of the lid is stamped AS twice.Approxi...

Alexander Stewart: teaspoon
Old English teaspoon engraved with the initials JBS. It has a maker's mark of A.S, a rare ...

Alexander Stewart: teaspoon
Fiddle pattern teaspoon engraved with the initials AJS. The maker's mark of A.S is stamped...

Alexander Stewart: three teaspoons
Set of three Old English teaspoons engraved with the initials BB. They have a maker's mark...

Alexander Stewart: two tablespoons
Pair of Old English tablespoons with a rare military inscription: "GIFT fm the Staff Serjt...

Alexander Stewart: two teaspoons
Pair of Old English teaspoons engraved with the initials BE and numbered 3 and 8 and stamp...

Hugh Ross: luckenbooth brooch
An extremely rare early luckenbooth brooch, the only known example from Tain. The overlapp...

Hugh Ross: nutmeg grater
Extremely rare nutmeg grater of teardrop shape, with hinged lid and base and a steel grate...

Hugh Ross: pair of teaspoons
Pair of Scottish fiddle pattern teaspoons engraved with the initials ES and stamped with t...

Hugh Ross: punch ladle
Punch ladle identical in style to TANDM2664 (shown at bottom of picture). The bowl is of s...

Hugh Ross: shell ladle
Old English soup ladle with fluted shell bowl. The handle is engraved with the initials GM...

Hugh Ross: tablespoon
Wavy end spoon with a long rattail, engraved with the initials ET. The maker's mark of HR ...

Hugh Ross: tablespoon
Hanoverian tablespoon, the handle engraved with the initials JCB in a later style and stam...

Hugh Ross: tablespoon
Old English tablespoon, the handle engraved with the initials HRE and stamped with an unus...

Hugh Ross: tablespoon
Hanoverian tablespoon with oval bowl, single drop and broad ribbed handle. The handle is e...

Hugh Ross: tablespoon
Hanoverian tablespoon with the Munro of Foulis crest, marked HR, TAIN, L, semicircular mar...

Hugh Ross: tablespoon
Hanoverian tablespoon, the handle engraved with the initials MR and stamped with the maker...

Hugh Ross: Thistle cup AS/IR
Hugh Ross I thistle cup, early 18th c. Inscriptions AS/IR and CM Purchased with as...

John Sellar: two Old English teaspoons
Two Old English teaspoons engraved with the initials BB. They are marked JS with another c...

Richard Maxwell Wilkie: salt spoon
Salt spoon by Richard Maxwell Wilkie with oval bowl and oar handle, engraved with the init...

Richard Maxwell Wilkie: fish slice
Fish slice with an oar handle engraved with the initial G. The blade is pierced and engrav...

William Innes: pair of teaspoons
Pair of fiddle pattern teaspoons engraved with an initial B and marked W.I TAIN, thistle,s...

William Innes: sugar tongs
Sugar tongs with shell bowls by William Innes, marked W.I TAIN.Approximate date 1830-1834

William Innes: wine label
Wine label with reeded border, engraved HOLLANDS and stamped W.I.TAIN, thistle on the reve...

William Innes: wine label
Oval wine label with gadrooned border, engraved MADEIRA and stamped sunburst, W.I.TAIN, th...

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