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Bicker - One of a Nest

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T321.1
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1750 - 1900


This is a very rare nest of bickers made in Scotland in the 18th century. Bickers were traditional Scottish drinking vessels and as shown in this nest, they were made in a variety of sizes.It was said that a skilled craftsman was able to make a bicker using only a knife. It was made of alternate sycamore and alder staves which fitted together with a series of small feather like notches. The whole vessel was then held in place with willow bands which were carefully laced together. A dried pea was inserted into a false base in the largest bicker, so that the cup rattled when a top up was required.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century or 19th century
Medium:Turned. Staved.
Material(s):Willow wood
Place of Origin:Scotland


Height:8.6 cm
Width:18.8 cm
Diameter:13.5 cm