Irish and Scottish silver attracting record prices

Top-quality Irish and Scottish silver continues to command premium prices as demonstrated by the estimates at a forthcoming Sotheby’s sale.

20th May, 2006

Top-quality Irish and Scottish silver continues to command premium prices as demonstrated by the estimates at a forthcoming Sotheby’s sale. The star lot is a pair of early Scottish silver wine cups which are expected to realise stg£100,000 to stg£150,000.

These were made to commemorate the 1648 marriage of Sir James Mercer and Jean Stewart, a Royalist couple, but it is likely that they were not made until the Restoration in 1660.

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