A Brief History of the Highland Quaich and the Welsh Love Spoon

The Highland Quaich - "the cup of friendship"

The word QUAICH is derived from the Gaelic word "Cuach", which means "shallow cup" or as we know it today, a "drinking cup".  The Quaich originated in the Scottish Highlands centuries ago and became the favourite drinking cup throughout Scotland.  Traditionally, the Quaich is used when offering a guest "the cup of welcome" and again for the farewell or parting drink.  The simple but pleasingly distinctive design of the Quaich has remained unchanged over the centuries - a shallow bowl with two handles, known as "lugs".  Originally made from wood, horn or leather, the Highland Quaich is now made of Pewter or Silver and is a popular gift and prized possession by many people who have an association with Scotland.

The Love Spoon

The custom of giving a Love Spoon originated in Wales in the 17th Century to symbolise affection, when lovers would offer intricately carved lovespoons, bearing symbols of their feelings to their partners.  A man would give a love spoon to show that he would take care of the lady, and if she accepted, it would mean the beginning of a courtship or engagement. The oldest surviving example of a Love Spoon dates back to 1667, originally they were quite plain but have become more elaborate with time.  Love Spoons today are also given to commemorate any special occasion such as the birth of a new baby, or a Christening.