William Dunningham Aberdeen Antique Scottish Provincial – Silver Mounted Sugar Caster 1908 - Silver mounted horn sugar caster by William Dunningham & Co of Aberdeen in fine antique condition.William Dunningham & Co. was in business from the 1898 to the 1950’s and specialised in the manufacturer of horn pieces embellished with silver. Manufacturing jewellers & silversmiths, Diamond Street, Aberdeen. Hallmarked with their Aberdeen mark and Edinburgh hallmarks. Hallmarked Edinburgh 1908 - Height: 19 cm Base diameter: 6 cm
Scottish Provincial Silver
Despite laws instructing goldsmiths to send their wares to Edinburgh (and later Glasgow) for hallmarking, many silversmiths from the burghs of Scotland enjoyed sufficient independence from the assay office to use local marks. They did this to avoid the perils of travel and (after 1784) to escape paying duty in a region where a healthy disdain for the Hanoverians persisted well into the 19th century. There were some 30 different centres of silver production recorded, from Arbroath, Perth, Aberdeen, Elgin to Wick. Their legacy is an extraordinary array of silver town and makers’ marks that have intrigued collectors for more than a century.
The best-known Victorian collection of Scottish provincial silver was amassed by nobleman and liberal politician Gavin Campbell, 1st Marquess of Breadalbane (1851-1922), and it was his extensive holdings which formed the main reference for the (often inaccurate) Scottish sections in Sir Charles Jackson’s first edition of English Goldsmiths and Their Marks in 1905.We have offer a range of antique and collectible Scottish provincial and sterling silver and vintage Highland wear to complete your outfit or add to your collection. With an eclectic range of antique Scottish silver, plaid brooches. We run a Free Wants List Service so if you have a badge(s) you are looking for please email us and we will contact you with details of any stock that comes in before it goes to the website.