Scottish Sterling Silver and Horn Quaich, William Dunningham and Company, Edinburgh, 1904-1905
Engraved "Squab As' I" (Sweep it up)
One of the most beloved Scottish silver forms is called the Quaich, also called the “Cup of Friendship,” or the “Loving Cup.” The quaich is a small, shallow cup with two short handles on each side called “lugs.” The vessel was used to drink whiskey or wine, and was often given to people as a sign of trust and comradery. The drink is also offered and received with both hands; therefore, in the medieval era, it ensured that neither party was carrying any weapons. Both had to be vulnerable to the other, thus showing trust. The quaich was, and still is, used in traditional Scottish weddings. During the Quaich Ceremony, the couple takes their first drink together from the vessel, each holding onto one of the lugs. This symbolizes the blending of families and unification of two into one.
The Silver Vault of Charleston is thrilled to house a few of these Scottish quaiches. They are perfect for intimate weddings, joyful gatherings, and exchanges between friends. They are the best example of how silver brings people together.
1" height, 5 1/2" length, 2 3/4" width.