Antique Scottish Sterling Silver Mounted Hoof ~ Arthur Medlock ~ Inverness
Rare Victorian Scottish highlands sterling silver mounted taxidermy hoof ornament. Made in the late 19th century by celebrated Highlands silversmith Arthur Medlock of Inverness. Most likely made as either an inkwell or candleholder this decorative oddity was popular during the late 19th century among the aristocracy.
Arthur Medlock started in business on his own account in c.1876 from premises at 35, Castle Street, Inverness. In May 1883 he relocated to the No.6, Bridge Street premises where he was to stay for the rest of his career. He was a known maker of Highland Ornaments and gold jewellery. Although Medlock entered marks at the Edinburgh Assay Office in 1890, most of his output appears to be marked with just a simple 'MEDLOCK' and 'INVss'. In September 1913, Athur Medlock sold his business to James Robert Craik, and the new owner styled his business as Medlock & Craik.
A great addition to your home decor, Scottish taxidermy or Victorian silversmith oddity collection.
Signed: MEDLOCK INVss
Mounted hoof trophy on the plinth measures 4" tall by 4.75" wide by 5.5" deep and weighs 1lb.
In good condition with a ding to the silver rim on top (please see all pictures as they form part of the condition description).
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