A very interesting early 19th Century Scottish Bicker.
Oak with yew banding, silver rim to top and bottom inscribed on one side Made from the Wallace Oak of Elderslie Wood of the house in which Alexander Wilson was born and the 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 silver is hallmarked for Glasgow 1833, makers mark Peter Aitkin.
The handles are both made of horn.
There is a verse written on the base in ink, sadly we have only been able to read some of it.
We have carried out some research on the bicker and think the club may refer to The Burns Club in Paisley. The club have a number of similar items in their collection. The only John Mack we were able to trace was a wine & spirit merchant in Paisley. Perhaps he supplied the club with their wine & whisky!
It is in great condition , two of the staves have opened up slightly but this is to be expected due to its age and construction.
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