Mineral Monday: Mackay Silver

The Mary Louise and John Mackay Silver Collection showcases about 58 ornately designed silver service pieces, and is one of the Keck Museum's more famous collections.

The Mary Louise and John Mackay Silver Collection can be seen on the lower level of the Keck Museum, down the stairs in the main gallery.


4/9/2018 | By: Jennifer Sande |

For this week's episode of Mineral Monday, Garrett takes us downstairs to look at one of the Keck Museum's more famous exhibits. The Mary Louise and John Mackay Silver Collection is a stunning set of 58 unique silver service pieces all ornately designed. Can you guess where most of the silver used to make this set was originally mined?

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Silver ham holder

On almost every piece in the Mackay Silver collection, you can see the initials M.L.M. for Mary Louise Mackay and the Hungerford coat of arms, which is Mary Louise Mackay's maiden name. You can see both the initials and coat of arms on this silver ham holder.

Mackay Silver button

Located in the Mackay School of Mines building at the University of Nevada, Reno, the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

The Keck Museum houses an outstanding collection of minerals, ores, fossil specimens, and photographs, in addition to mining related relics. The museum is also home to some of the spectacular Mackay Silver Collection, created by Tiffany & Co., for John Mackay and completed in 1878.

The first 10 visitors to mention this episode will receive a Mineral Monday: Mackay Silver button! For directions and museum details, visit unr.edu/keck

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