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New Jewels in the Crown of Edinburgh Castle

16 August 2012

Hamilton & Inches

Hamilton & Inches, Royal Warrant Holders and silversmiths to Her Majesty the Queen, will be offering a range of hand-made jewellery and gift items including quaichs and kilt pins for the first time at Edinburgh Castle’s Crown Gift Shop.

Edinburgh Castle and Hamilton & Inches have been linked in the past  - it has been said that the One O’Clock Gunner used to pass the jeweller’s on his way to the castle and check his watch according to the clock in the shop window.  Meanwhile the jeweller used to check his watch once the One O’Clock Gun was fired.

Nick Finnigan, Executive Manager at Edinburgh Castle said:

“Edinburgh Castle is the former seat of Scottish Royalty and looks after Scotland’s Crown Jewels, therefore it seemed very fitting for visitors to have the opportunity to buy jewellery and silverware made by Hamilton and Inches, the silversmiths to Her Majesty the Queen.

“What’s more, the Edinburgh Hallmark that appears beside the Hamilton and Inches makers mark is Edinburgh Castle with the Three Towers.  I am delighted that we are supporting Scottish craftsmanship, and this is particularly appropriate in the year of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.”

Since 1866, Hamilton and Inches has maintained its own silver workshops, almost the last of their kind and home to a team of the UK’s finest craftsmen, specialising in producing handmade pieces, using time-honoured techniques.

Stephen Paterson, Managing Director at Hamilton & Inches said: “While our methods are steeped in tradition, our designs have a distinctly contemporary feel.  We are delighted that visitors from around the world will be able to see our jewellery and gift items in the iconic setting of Edinburgh Castle”

Lieutenant Colonel James Cook RA, Commanding Officer of 105th Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers) commented:

“For the District Gunner to still have this significant connection to Edinburgh Castle is a magnificent affair which adds a unique feature to all of the Royal Salutes fired by the Regiment on ceremonial occasions.

“The Regiment has been privileged to fire the historical One O’Clock Gun since 1986 and it is currently fired by one of my female Territorial Army soldiers.”

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The Edinburgh assay office is the smallest in the UK therefore the amount of products which carry its stamp is less than larger cities, creating provenance and rarity value.

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Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
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