London, South Kensington
5 March 2002
A SCOTTISH SILVER-MOUNTED WOODEN QUAICH
MARK OF FERGUSON & MACBEAN, INVERNESS,[C.1890], ALSO MARKED FOR EDINBURGH, 1896
the wooden bowl carved in relief with two panther-like animals, one in combat with a serpent, the handles carved with intertwined serpents, the rim, and foot mounted with plain silver bands, and a bosse to the underside of the foot, the centre of the interior set with a raised silver bosse, engraved with the wording Sg/quab as'l.
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