Silver Bannock Rack
A rare Scottish provincial silver bannock rack by Thomas Shannon (Dundee c.1865),Similar to a toast rack, Scottish bannock racks were made to accommodate round unleavened cakes of oatmeal or barleymeal.
It is in good order and clean, on close inspection though there are a few points of note, one spar has a crack where it joins the base, one other looks to have had similar and repaired at some time (well done), another on the base has a silver solder but most probably this was done at the time of manufacture, one little hairline at the side of one foot (very minor and as its of good gauge this does not weaken it in anyway.
Its of excellent size and weight, measures 185x125mm and stands 150mm in height.
|MAKER or SPONSOR MARK||Thomas Shannon|
Dundee Scottish Provincial Silver
There is little doubt that the era of Scottish silver peaked in the mid-18th century until the first half of the 19th century. Racks to hold recently cooked Bannocks were a natural development. Furthermore, like so many items of tableware, Bannock racks were produced in silver for wealthy members of society. This item struck in Dundee is a fine example.