Scottish Piggin, 1831

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Piggin - Barrel form with two handles - Edinburgh 1831 by George Paton - 150mm wide (inc handles), 103mm diameter, 60mm high; 186 g weight -Ref. No.: DO/9607

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A fine example of a uniquely Scottish piece of silver hollowware. This piggin is in the usual coopered barrel form with two hollow lug handles. Excellent condition throughout with clear hallmarks and original script initials to one side.

The piggin is a traditional Scottish drinking vessel. Originally they were made from wooden staves in a barrel form and tied together with willow. The 19thC examples found in silver were often used for serving butter, but were no doubt multi-purpose in function.