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Unknown Irish maker - ID in serrated punch

Posted: Sun Dec 27, 2015 1:32 am
by bstaunto
Hi everyone,

Here's another pair of Irish sugar tongs. Nicely made. Can't seem to find an example of the maker's mark though. It appears to be ID in a serrated punch.

Has anyone else seen this maker before? Maybe another mark for Isaac Davis (1787-99) or Isaac or Jeremiah D'Olier?

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Cheers, Ben.

Re: Unknown Irish maker - ID in serrated punch

Posted: Sun Dec 27, 2015 5:24 pm
by scorpio
Hi Ben,

I've never seen this maker's mark before and can't trace any reference to it.

Taking into account the decoration, Harp Crowned and Hibernia marks, I'd date these sugar tongs to 1785/1786 just before the Harp Crowned appeared in an oval reserve, which occurred in 1787. Isaac Davies began his working life in 1787. Isaac D'Olier ended his working life in 1779. Jeremiah D'Olier is a possibility but as you know, it's not his known mark. Could be an unknown and unidentified mark. You could send photos of the sugar tongs and marks to the Plate Committee in the Dublin Assay office but expect to wait months for a reply.

Gordon

Re: Unknown Irish maker - ID in serrated punch

Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2015 4:16 am
by bstaunto
Thanks Gordon.

A bit of a mystery!

I'll contact the Dublin Assay Office and report back if I hear anything.

Ben