Antique Scottish Provincial William Dunningham Aberdeen Silver & Horn Mounted Napkin Ring – Circa 1910-20 Silver mounted, amethyst stone set horn napkin – serviette ring by William Dunningham & Co of Aberdeen in fine antique condition. The front has the amethyst stone set in a silver band. The back has a hallmarked silver shield.
Hallmarked WD&CO Aberdeen – Size approx.45mm x 30mm
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.
Antique Scottish Provincial William Dunningham Aberdeen Silver & Horn Mounted Napkin Ring
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.
Including Agate jewellery, Scottish hallmarked sterling silver, vintage glengarry badges, plaid brooches, kilt pins and bracelets. With jewellery from classic Edinburgh and Glasgow makers like Robert Allison and Thomas Kerr Ebbutt and provincial Scottish silversmiths.
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.
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