Tain IV19 1DY
Among the rarest items in the collection are examples of silverware made in Tain in the 18th and 19th centuries. The earliest recorded goldsmith in the town worked in the mid 16th century and although other silversmiths worked during the following 150 years, none of their work is known. However, between 1700 and 1835 there was a continuous series of silversmiths whose work is represented in the collection. These silversmiths were Hugh Ross (three generations of the same name), Alexander Stewart, John Sellar, William Innes and Richard Maxwell Wilkie. The star items in this collection include a Hugh Ross tot cup made between about 1700 and 1710, a mid 18th century Hugh Ross pepperpot, and a rare three-pronged fork and a gold signet ring by Alexander Stewart.
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