4″ Pewter Quaich Thistle Handle
Available with engraving inside the bowel. Its engraved with a personal message for the personal touch. The quaich is ideal for sporting events or as a presentation trophy. 4″ Pewter Quaich Thistle Handle comes in a presentation box free of charge. The 4″ Pewter Quaich Thistle Handle can be sent worldwide and is a fantastic to show some Scottish heritage.
What is the story of the quaich?
According to the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica, the quaich was inspired by the low silver bowls with two flat handles frequently used as bleeding vessels in England and the Netherlands in the 17th century. Another popular theory suggests that the shape is derived from scallop shells. However, this seems to have had its origins in the now discredited poems of James Macpherson supposedly translations of poems by Ossian, son of Fionn mac Cumhaill.
In his 1955 monograph Some Scottish Quiches, Richard L. McCleneahan, suggests that the quaich evolved directly from the medieval mazer. This seems unlikely as the form and material (burr maple for mazers) are quite different. There were small stave-built drinking vessels common in the medieval period. They were found around the Baltics.
Traditionally quaichs are made of wood, an artform known as “treen”. Some early quaichs are stave-built like barrels and some have alternating light and dark staves. The staves are held together by bands of willow or silver.
Some quaichs’ bottoms are made of glass, allegedly so that the drinker could keep watch on his companions. A more romantic quaich had a double glass bottom in which was kept a lock of hair so that the owner could drink from his quaich to his lady love, and in 1589, King James VI of Scotland gave Anne of Denmark a quaich or “loving cup” as a wedding gift.
Wooden commemorative quaichs designed by Paul Hodgkiss were given as presents to winners at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.