Scottish Silver

Scotland has a rich and storied history of producing top-quality silver objects. In fact, at one time in history, Scotland was the world center of silver production. From roughly 1125 to 1225 A.D., mines in Durham, Cumberland, and North Umberland yielded more silver than the combined output any other nation, helping to supply Western Europe with the requisite precious metal required to build the great Gothic cathedrals of France.

The Scottish have an illustrious history of silver coins that dates back to the beginning of the silver boom, when King David I issued his own silver coins. Another important development in sterling coin production occurred roughly a century later when King David II released silver coins for the first time with a value greater than a penny.

Whether searching for coveted Scottish silver coins or tableware, there are numerous alluring items that express not only the history but the unique aesthetics of this great nation. Hamilton & Inches, founded in 1866, continues to be one of Scotland’s finest silversmith shops. In 2010, they were appointed silversmiths and clock specialists to Her Majesty the Queen.


Quick Facts

  • In 2013, Lyon & Turnbull sold a Scottish George I bullet teapot for more than £14,000
  • Scotland had a variety of different kinds of silver coinage throughout its history including the groat, the half groat, and the testoun
  • The top-producing regions of Scottish silver are now based in Edinburgh and Glasgow, but Aberdeen, Pirth, and Elgin also boast well-established silversmithing practices

Recommended Items at Auction

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A Victorian Scottish sterling silver strawberry set, Edinburgh 1879 by Hamilton and Inches
Oct 20, 10:00 AM BST
A Victorian Scottish sterling silver strawberry set, Edinburgh 1879 by Hamilton and Inches
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £150- £250
£101 Bid
An early 20th century Scottish unmarked silver agate set casket, Edinburgh circa 1925
Oct 20, 10:00 AM BST
An early 20th century Scottish unmarked silver agate set casket, Edinburgh circa 1925
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £300- £500
£301 Bid
A George II Scottish sterling silver marrow scoop, Edinburgh 1758 by William Dempster
Oct 20, 10:00 AM BST
A George II Scottish sterling silver marrow scoop, Edinburgh 1758 by William Dempster
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£200 Bids
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Tetera realizada en plata con decoración vegetal. Posiblemente trabajo escocés. Época Victoriana.
Oct 27, 4:30 PM CEST
Tetera realizada en plata con decoración vegetal. Posiblemente trabajo escocés. Época Victoriana.
by Arte Subastas Bilbao
Est: €0- €0
€5000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Scottish Silver


Chiswick Auctions

Chiswick Auctions

Arte Subastas Bilbao

Arte Subastas Bilbao