THE National Museum of Scotland have announced that they are to host the largest exhibition of Scottish silver ever seen.
Silver: Made in Scotland will display over 350 key pieces from
over seven centuries when it opens in January. Visitors have the
opportunity to unveil the stories behind makers, objects and
owners, whilst learning about the science of silver.
Highlights will include a metre-high solid silver model of the
Scott Monument, a 17th Century suit made of silver thread and the
first known coin minted for a Scottish King.
Many of the items are held in Scottish collections, but one rarity
being loaned from the William Randolph Hearst Collection by the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art is pictured here. The Methuen Cup -
possibly made by John Veitch, Edinburgh, c.1530 - is thought to be
the earliest marked piece of Scottish silver.
Other highlights include the Heriot Loving Cup, made by Robert
Dennieston, Edinburgh, 1611-13 and loaned by the Governors of
George Heriot's School; the Bute Mazer, associated with Robert the
Bruce, whose bowl, boss and lid were made c.1320, which is being
loaned by a private Collection at Mount Stuart; the Keir Toilet
Service, the only known complete Scottish-made toilet service in
existence, made in 1704, from the museum's own collection; and the
Sanctus Bell from The Holyrood Altar Plate, 1687, made by Zacharias
Mellinus, Edinburgh, which is being loaned by the Scottish Roman
Held in association with the incorporation of Goldsmiths of the
City of Edinburgh, the exhibition will celebrate the 550th
anniversary of hallmarking in Scotland.
The long-awaited How book on Scottish silver will also be
published next year.
The museum is located in Chambers Street, Edinburgh, and the
exhibition runs from January 25 to April 27.
By Laura Nightingale
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