Such a list would be an interesting project, I'm not aware of such a resource existing. I suppose one spanner in the works may be a possible shared use of a punch, especially amongst the less prolific smiths.
It would also be great to know how many die-cutters were working in the provinces that were capable of producing such punches.
Argentum2 wrote:Would anyone have any ideas about associating this STERLING mark with a maker's mark?
Is there a list of STERLING marks that can be attributed to specific makers?
Can you please post photos of the item of silver this mark is on. Now I may be mistaken but I have a vague recollection of seeing this particular STERLING mark online recently and the item had the crest of an eagle's head looking left. I recall thinking at the time that maybe the crest was a bald eagle and the silver American rather than Irish. Is this the same item? Perhaps tracing the crest would help identify the origin of this silver item.
The American identification crossed my own mind but ultimately I excluded it on the basis of other examples of the Westropp crest and on the decline of heraldic crests on American silver after the misadventure of 1776.