We are truly honoured to be given this beautiful Ash Beaker by Hamilton & Inches.
Only two have been made. Just two.
One for us to auction at our Ball in November.
And wait till I tell you who has the other one.
None other than the National Museum of Scotland in their silver Treasury. That is pretty cool. Several heritage items created by Hamilton & Inches have also featured in the National Museums, including the crown for the Lord Lyon of Scotland.
I was at the museum last month to see their beaker being put into its display. Do have a look if you are visiting the museum – we get a wee mention too which is lovely.
The beaker was designed by noted Scottish silversmith Grant McCaig and hand crafted in the silver workshops at Hamilton & Inches at George Street, Edinburgh. The design of the Ash Beaker was inspired by the protective qualities of the ash tree in Gaelic folklore, appropriately so as our Retreat is in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
While it is up for auction at our Ball in November you can make a bid on it by emailing me and we would consider it on the day.
Heartfelt thanks to Stephen Paterson and his team at Hamilton & Inches for such tremendous support over the years and with this donation in particular.