The "Quaich" a "Cup of Welcome"


Traditionally the "Quaich" (pronounced "quake", from the Gaelic word "cuach") which originated in the Scottish highlands was used both for a "Cup of Welcome" and also when offering a farewell drink. It was not until the end of the 17th century that they became popular.

The earliest quaichs were made of a single piece of wood turned on a lathe. The lugs were sometimes covered with silver, providing a place for initials. It was a passion in 17th century Scotland to place your initials everywhere: on your silverware, your furniture, the lintel, ceiling, and panelling of your house, and of course on your Quaich.

The Quaich in 1745 travelled from Edinburgh to Derby with the Scottish Army in Bonnie Prince Charlie's canteen. Its bottom was made of glass 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 to his lady love.

In more recent times, the Quaich has been used at many Scottish weddings, being presented to all at the top table. A symbol of the shared love and partnership between their hosts.

The link to weddings is often attributed to James VI of Scotland who in 1589 is reputed to have presented Anne of Denmark with a Quaich as a loving cup as a wedding gift.

At christenings the Quaich has become a traditional baptismal gift, or even birth gift, to drink the health of a child and to share the love and celebration of that new life.

This historic hand polished pewter Quaich bowl has celtic knot handles and a celtic band around the top of the bowl. Hand made in England.

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