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Irish Retailers' Marks on Sterling Silver

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Irish Retailer Marks

The custom of striking an extra mark upon Irish silver to denote the retailer was a common practice begun in the late 18th century and carried on until the early 20th century. Although this practice was later taken up by retail silversmiths in other countries, it is thought likely that the Irish were the first to do this on a fairly regular basis, making them pioneers in the concept of retail branding. The majority of the retail marks belong to individuals or firms that were listed in directories of the time as jewellers, watchmakers, goldsmiths or a combination thereof, while a minority were working silversmiths engaged in retail trading.

These additional marks can provide a wonderful insight into the Irish silver trade by revealing part of the working relationship between the silversmiths, i.e., who was working for whom, their working dates, intercity trade relations, etc.. However, the use of these additional marks has been known to cause some confusion, especially as there was some overlap between working silversmith and retail silversmith. At other times it can be difficult to determine which is the retailer and which is the maker. Another complication is that a later retailer's mark can sometimes be found on older secondhand piece that later passed through the hands of the retailer, this is a pitfall that should be remembered as it can easily muddle the working dates of the silversmiths involved.


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Retailer Retailer's Mark Period Corresponding Silversmiths
William Brodrick
1818-1860's.
4, Essex Quay from 1818
3, Essex Quay from 1827
12, Essex Quay from 1837
16, Essex Quay from 1850
Dublin
Samuel Garre
Thomas Weir & Sons
1872-Present
3, Wicklow Street
Dublin
John Smyth
Jacob West
(probable)
c.1801-1859
9, Capel Street
Dublin
James Fray
Richard Whitford
John Egan
West & Son
successors to Matthew West
c.1825-2010
20,Skinner Row from 1827
18 & 19, College Green
33 Grafton Street
Dublin
West & Son
William Gibson
succeeded by Gibson & Co. Ltd.
c.1860-c.1890
2, Donegall Place
Belfast
John Smyth
John Whelply
1790-1822
52, North Main Street
Cork
Joseph Kinselagh
George Wilson
(probable)
1840's - 1860's
6, Camden Buildings
Dublin
John Smyth
William Acheson
1850's - 1860's
109, Grafton Street
Dublin
John Smyth
William Mosley Sr.
or
William Mosley Jr

both early 1830's
Sr.- 17, Anglesea Street
Jr.- 45, Exchequer Street
Dublin
Laurence Keary
James Le Bas
Walter Peter
(succeeded to Richard Peter)
1796-1845
Charlemont Street from 1796
102,Grafton Street from 1802
Dublin
William Ward
James Scott
Samuel Neville
SB over IM
Thomas Farnell (Famel)
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Related Irish Pages at 925-1000.com:
Dublin Date Letters & Makers' Marks

Irish Provincial Makers' Marks

Masters and Wardens of the Goldsmiths' Company of Dublin - 1637-1800
Related British Pages at 925-1000.com:
British Hallmarks Explained
London Date Letters • 1696 - 1935 & Makers' Marks
Birmingham Date Letters • 1773 - 1924 & Makers' Marks
Chester Date Letters • 1701 - 1925 & Makers' Marks
Exeter Date Letters • 1701 - 1883 & Makers' Marks
Newcastle Date Letters • 1702 - 1884 & Makers' Marks
Sheffield Date Letters • 1773 - 1916 & Makers' Marks
York Date Letters • 1559 - 1858 & Makers' Marks
Edinburgh Date Letters • 1681 - 1931 & Makers' Marks
Table of Glasgow Date Letters • 1819 - 1896
Examples of British Import Marks


Thanks to Trevor Downes, this section was made possible by his original project on the Silver Forum.

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