Scottish Provincial silver is a fascinating collecting area due to the huge variation of marks, well in excess of 2,000 and counting.
There are many available options, collect one maker, one town mark, spoons, ladles , tongs or whatever takes your eye.
Some silversmiths produced a large amount of items, whilst other in the smaller guilds made very little and probably still have some to come to light yet.
A few Scottish silversmiths moved around various towns which adds even more marks to the mix.
Whichever way you choose to build a collection, it will be an interesting and fulfilling pastime.
Scroll down to see some examples of provincial marks.
Scottish Provincial Silversmiths & Their Marks by Richard Turner is a must have book or serious collectors
From top to bottom.
Greenock John Heron, great example of the 3 masted ship mark on a tablespoon
Dumfries Henry Mouncie, a rare mark on a ladle, he died age 25 so only an active silversmith for a short while
Banff George Elder, scarce mother & child mark on a teaspoon
Inverness Charles Jamieson, a great example of the dromedary mark on a tablespoon
Paisley I & G Heron, the scarce Rat mark on a dessert Spoon
Inverness John MacRae, rare bird mark on a ladle
R.H Thistle b Thistle from the strange “b group” (R.Turners book pages 92/93) on a set of 12 Table Forks
Banff Alexander Shirrass (or Shirrazz) on a table spoon
Elgin Thomas Stewart, rare marks in perfect condition on the underside of a milk jug