Anyone can please help identifying who the maker is of the spoon below? There are 4 marks. MK, 2 Marks I don't know, and a C. Also, there is a strange engraving which I can't make out what it is. Thanks for any help! Here are the pictures:
MK is indeed Michael Keating. Your spoon was assayed in Dublin in the assay year 1799/1800 and the constituent parts of the hallmark are:
- MK: maker's mark - Hibernia: duty mark (used until 1807 when, with the introduction of the monarch's head duty mark, it became the Dublin town mark) - Crowned Harp: sterling silver standard mark - C: date letter
The engraving on the top of the handle is a family armorial and is the symbol of the owner.