19th Century Scottish Bicker
An extremely interesting early 19th Century Scottish Bicker.
Oak yew banding silver rim top and bottom inscribed one side Made from the Wallace Oak of Elderslie wood of the house in which Alexander Wilson was born and Queen Marys Yew. To the other side presented to Mr John Mack, As a mark of respect by the Club. Paisley 19th June 1834.
The Club may refer to The Burns Club, investigation revealed that the club have a number of similar bickers in their collection. The only John Mack we were able to trace was a wine and spirit merchant in Paisley.
On the yew base is some Indian Ink writing which appears to be a verse, but can only make out some of the words.
The handles are both made in horn.
Hallmarked Glasgow 1833 Makers Mark Peter Aitkin
It is in great condition two of the staves of the oak have opened up but this could be expected due to its age and construction and is not major. The horn handles do have splits in them, but do not detract from this wonderful item.
Handle to handle 13.5 cm wide
Height 6 cm
Diameter top 8 cm
Diameter base 6.7 cm