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Posted 1 year ago

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vetraio50
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I know it only has one handle.
A 'quaich' normally has two and sometimes three or four handles. But you will see many a one handed example in English silver.
"Quaich (cuaich in Gaelic) meaning "cup", are a uniquely Scottish invention. Having no apparent connection to any other European drinking vessel they have maintained their distinctive shape as a wide and shallow cup for more than four hundred years. There are some scholars who believe the shape evolved from the use of scallop shells.
Those of small size were for individual use, larger ones were to be passed around on ceremonial occasions in the same way as a "loving cup" or a "mether cup". It has two (rarely three or four) flat horizontal handles (named "lugs" in Scotland) extending level from the rim of the bowl.
Early examples were made of wood, bone or horn (sometimes with silver mounts), while later examples were made entirely of silver.
The centre of the bowl was usually decorated with a silver coin or an engraved disc or 'print', with coat-of-arms, initials, motto or familiar phrase such as a toast.
The disc served the function of masking and sealing the centre of the bowl where the points of the staves met.
The width of ancient examples ranges from 9.5 to 25 cm while modern examples are made in many sizes."
http://www.silvercollection.it/dictionaryquaich.html

This one has the shape of a traditional silver of bone example. It is marked on the rim of the bowl Tiffany and Co. under the glass handle or 'lug'.
Instead of a coin there are engraved initials "M.W.L.".

I bought it at the Salvo's and was intrigued by the glass form. Then I found the Tiffany mark.

Does anyone know who made these modern pieces for Tiffany?

Mystery Solved

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks eye4beauty!
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks Sean B!
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks mustangT and to you too Amber!
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks slave to the "G"!
  5. toracat toracat, 1 year ago
    Very Interesting, Two handles is good for Irish drinkers like my grandfather! One handle he would spill too much! I will keep my eyes open for this! Beautifully simple but then with the monogram it is elegant. I love it! My first Murano Vase arrives this week! I am excited! It is like Christmas! It is red 14 " ! I will post, hope it is real!
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    I'm looking forward to seeing it, toracat!
    Thanks again.
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    It's unusual, I think that it may be part of some line they have for special occasion or perhaps it's a corporate gift? Thanks Sean.
  8. Justanovice Justanovice, 1 year ago
    Gosh! it is a thrill to find a mark when you get something home!!! Nice find vetraio! : )
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks Justanovice!
    Hi Sean! I actually packed it away yesterday. I'll have another go today at te mark. That third photo is my vague attempt at it. Camera problem. Photographer problem, really!
  10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Hi Sean! There are definitely three branches here in Sydney. Four other branches around the country. I found another quaich on ebay "Tiffany monogram eagle" in New Jersey.
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Thanks Sean!
  12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks go to Justanovice, too!
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks Phil and miKKo!
  14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Thanks Sean. So brierley did stuff for tiffany? Thank you!
  15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    It must be 2 am in Appleton?
  16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks inky and beyemvey!
  17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks petey !

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